DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) — Kim Reynolds signed SF 155, a bill to allow mobile barber shops in Iowa. Governor Reynolds was joined by Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, Iowa lawmakers and William Burt, the owner of the mobile barbershop 'Kut Kings' in Waterloo serving underprivileged Iowans. SF 155 passed the Iowa Senate 49-0 and the Iowa House 92-0.
“William Burt had a great idea, and today we changed an outdated law to help his vision become a permanent reality,” said Gov. Reynolds. “William’s story is a testament to the power of redemption and how second chances can spark real change. I want to thank William for spearheading this legislation, putting in the work to get this done, and being an incredible advocate for his community.”
"This means that I now have the chance to get to work and serve the people that have been underserved,” said William Burt. “I'm finally free! I would like to thank Gov. Reynolds, Americans for Prosperity, my community, the legislators and the state of Iowa for the opportunity to pursue my dreams."
The report from the Governor's office states that SF 155 was a direct result of William Burt, a returning citizen who made the choice to use his second chance to make a difference for himself and the community. After being released from jail in 2008, he got his barbering degree as well as a bachelor's and master's degree from UNI.
You may remember that KWWL did a story about William Burt and his business back in December 2018. Here is a link to the original story: https://kwwl.com/2018/12/21/mobile-barbershop-local-barber-serving-community-but-facing-roadblocks/