Tennessee lawmakers are proposing legislation that would allow private schools to provide cosmetological schools with a state-subsidized license, allowing them to offer training in facial hair.

The bill, which the state Senate passed Monday, also would require the state to collect a fee for each cosmetologist that wants to practice in Tennessee, which is home to some of the most lucrative industries in the state.

“Cosmetology schools have been in the news a lot lately because of the issue of grooming, but we’ve had some good news,” said Rep. Bill Wright, a Republican from the southeastern corner of the state and one of the bill’s sponsors.

“It’s about educating people, not punishing them.”

The state already has licensed private schools for cosmetologists in Nashville, Tallahassee and Clarksville.

But in the past, the state has allowed only licensed, full-time schools.

Tennessee, a state that is one of only five that don’t require the licensing of private schools, also allows schools to accept students on an as-needed basis.

The bill does not apply to cosmetistry programs in underserved areas, including in rural areas.

The proposal comes as the number of children who suffer from facial hair and other facial malformations in the United States has surged, according to a report released in April by the American Academy of Facial Hair Surgeons.

It found that the facial hair prevalence rose from 1.4 percent in 2007 to 2.5 percent in 2012, while the average age of onset for facial hair-related disorders rose from 21.7 to 29.6 years.

It’s an issue that’s also becoming a hot topic on social media and at cosmetologies, where many people have become increasingly critical of the practice, which involves removing or removing a part of the face that often leads to an appearance of facial hair loss.

In March, a U.S. appeals court rejected a lawsuit by a Florida man who said he had lost half of his facial hair in a surgery and his family’s attorney argued that the decision was a “stupidity” that had nothing to do with religion or race.

The court ruled that the state must let people with facial hair continue to practice their religious beliefs.

A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 60 percent of American adults, including 76 percent of white people, believe that a religious cosmetician should be allowed to practice his or her faith, according in a study published last year by the Pew Research Foundation.

The survey also found that 56 percent of men and 49 percent of women surveyed have experienced facial hair or other cosmetic problems in the last five years.

In Tennessee, where some cosmetologs also have to get an endorsement from the state’s Board of Cosmetology, the bill would allow schools to apply for a cosmetolary license to operate as a private school, according the bill.

A board of directors would have the power to approve cosmetolic license applications.

The legislation also would make it easier for schools to operate by allowing the board to approve a plan to purchase a license from a private company or a community organization, the same process that is currently used to purchase private school licenses.

The bills would also require the board of schools to report to the state on the cost of a license and pay for the costs of training a cosmologist, the board would not have the authority to approve the cost or to impose a penalty for the failure to do so.

The Tennessee Board of Health and the Tennessee Cosmetological Society have said they would not take action against any schools that did not comply with the new law.

The American Academy on Cosmetomy, which represents cosmetologically trained professionals, issued a statement on Monday saying the legislation “would be an important step forward for our industry, and we applaud the effort by legislators to ensure that people have access to the skills and education they need to make informed decisions about their own bodies.”

The bill also has support from some Republicans, including Rep. Tom O’Halleran, a former member of the House Appropriations Committee.

“The American Cosmetologist Association will continue to support the legislation, and its passage would be a step in the right direction for our profession and the state of Tennessee,” he said in a statement.