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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A federal judge has ruled as unconstitutional Texas laws regulating businesses that teach African hair braiding.

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The judge in Austin ruled the regulations do not advance public health and safety or any other legitimate government interest.

The lawsuit was filed in 2013 by Isis Brantley, a Dallas woman who contended the laws related to her hair braiding school were unreasonable and unconstitutional.

State rules required Brantley to convert her small business into a fully equipped barber college.



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U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks on Monday ruled the regulations excluded Brantley from the market “absent ‘a rational connection with…fitness or capacity to engage in’ hair braiding instruction….”

A spokeswoman for the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

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