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July, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 07

Update: AB 1822 Language Continues to Evolve

Assembly Passes Bill to Senate

By Christie Bondurant

As California Assembly Bill 1822 makes its way through both houses of legislature and their various governing committees, the bill's language regarding massage establishments and the authority of the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) continues to evolve. This is an update regarding the new language, as of June 23, 2010.

After a 59 to 14 vote made by the Assembly, the bill was passed to the Senate on June 2. According to the summary of the bill, the June 23 Senate amendments (noted in italics) include:

"This bill would add 2 members to the board of directors of the [CAMTC] who would be selected by specified peace officer associations, and would limit the number of law enforcement professionals that may serve on the board of directors.

"The bill would also clarify that a city, county, or city and county is authorized to require ... a specified background check of any owner or operator of a massage establishment who is not certified to practice massage by the organization [CAMTC].

"Existing law provides that the organization is authorized to take any reasonable actions to carry out the responsibilities set forth in the massage therapy provisions, including, but not limited to, issuing certificates to practice massage and disciplining certificate holders for unprofessional conduct.

"This bill would authorize the organization to establish a definition of "unprofessional conduct" for purposes of discipline, as specified.

"Existing law requires the organization to provide specified information concerning certificate holders upon request of local law enforcement or governmental agencies.

"This bill would also require the organization to provide that information with respect to a certificate applicant..."

For a link to the bill in its entirety, click here.

More amendments to AB 1822 are expected.

The bill is currently in the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee. In order to become law, the bill will need to pass through both houses of legislature (Assembly and Senate) and, generally, will need the governor's signature.

Massage Today will continue to follow this story, providing updates as available. For other Massage Today articles on this issue, read:


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