Proposed Senate Bill 969: Negative Consequences for Consumers, Pets, and Small Businesses

When was the last time you requested that a business owner keep his certifications and credentials to himself? It isn’t every day that Californians entrust their cars, homes or medical care to people who, by law, have to hide their diplomas or certifications, but pretty soon, you might be taking your dogs to professionals who have to do just that – pretend they don’t have any.

In an attempt to regulate an already self - regulating industry, California lawmakers drafted Senate Bill 969 establishing a voluntary pet groomer certificate program by the state. The legislation notes that the certification program is volun-tary, good enough. The problem is, responsible, trained pet groomers who do not wish to participate in the voluntary program, will no longer be able to advertise their professional certifications – and that translates into lost business. Groomers certified by the National Dog Groomers Association, International Professional Groomers, and other profes- sional training organizations would no longer be able to disclose their professional certifications. Why don’t we just assume that if you received your Masters Degree in another state, that if you move to California, you can chuck that diploma in the drawer, too. Is the State of California now telling us that the government understands the training, nu-ances and intricacies of dog grooming better than these distinguished trade organizations?