Handcrafted Cosmetics Sector Says Exemptions In Reform Bills Are Insufficient
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Trade association for micro-sized cosmetics businesses says draft reform bills in the House and Senate propose exemption thresholds for registration and other requirements that are too low, failing to account for the high costs and unique challenges faced by its members.
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