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March, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 03

An Update on Massage Therapy Legislation

By Editorial Staff

Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have passed massage therapy licensing laws, and several more are in the works. Unregulated states include Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.

Some brief updates on the status of massage therapy regulation around the country include:

Regulated States

Arizona: The Arizona Board of Massage Therapy began issuing licenses in July 2004 (www.massage.state.az.us).

Illinois: The Illinois Department of Regulation began its licensing process in January 2005 (www.idfpr.com).

Kentucky: After June 24, 2005, the number of educational hours required to obtain a massage license will increase from 500 to 600 hours (http://finance.ky.gov/ourcabinet/caboff/OAS/op/massth).

New Jersey: The New Jersey Board of Nursing began accepting massage license applications in Nov. 2004 (www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/medical/nursing.htm).

Unregulated States

California: Last year, Assembly Bill (AB) 1388 proposing statewide regulation died in committee. A new bill is expected sometime during the 2005-2006 legislative session (www.leginfo.ca.gov/index.html).

Georgia: House Bill (HB) 1542 was introduced during the 2003-2004 legislative session but died in the house. At press time, no new bill was pending in the legislative session (www.legis.state.ga.us).

Massachusetts: HB 4668 (renamed HB 5160 in Dec. 2004) was passed in the house but subsequently died due to time constraints in the senate. At press time, no new bill was pending in the legislative session (www.mass.gov/legis).

Michigan: HB 5233 proposing statewide regulation died in committee late last year due to some uncertainty in the language. A new bill is expected sometime during the 2005-2006 legislative session (www.michiganlegislature.org).

Minnesota: House File 694 introduced during the 2003-2004 legislative session died in committee. At press time, no new bill was pending in the legislative session (www.leg.state.mn.us).

Pennsylvania: House Bill 2078 died in the 2004 legislative session. A new bill is expected sometime during the 2005-2006 legislative session (www.legis.state.pa.us/index.cfm).

States to Watch

Indiana: HB 1368 and 1390 proposing massage therapy regulation were introduced into the current legislative session in Jan. 2005 (www.in.gov/legislative).

Oklahoma: HB 1571 proposing massage therapy regulation was introduced into the current legislative session in Jan. 2005 (www.lsb.state.ok.us).

Massage Today will publish relevant legislative updates as they become available. To access the massage boards of regulated states, visit www.massagetoday.com/mtlinks.

If you have legislative events to report in your state, county or city, please e-mail us at .

 

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