CAMTC Sunset Hearing Report – March 11, 2014

A sunset review is a periodic assessment of state regulatory programs to determine whether or not they should be continued by the legislature. In 2008 the state legislature provided for the creation of a private, nonprofit corporation to issue voluntary certifications to qualified massage therapists. The California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) was established in February 2009. It is often compared to state regulatory agencies but it is not actually part of government. When the law was established, the le
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Upcoming Michgan Massage License Deadline

If you have already obtained your Michigan massage therapy license, you can disregard this reminder. All massage therapists in Michigan are required to have a Michigan massage therapy license by November 29, 2014 in order to practice. If you do not have your license by November 29, 2014, you cannot practice massage in Michigan until you get your license. This is not the application deadline; it is the deadline to have your license in hand. The processing time for applications can be several months.
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AL Bill Would Clarify Exemptions to Massage License Requirement

Alabama House Bill 119 is currently pending in the Alabama State Senate. If passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor, the bill would make a number of changes to the Alabama Massage Therapy Licensure Act. Some of the most important changes would include: Increasing the number of hours of massage education required for licensure from 500 to 650 (the Board increased the entry-level requirements to 650 hours by rule several years ago so this would simply update the statute). Specifying that p
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Utah – Reflexology and Ortho-Bionomy Are Now Exempt from State Licensure

On April 1, 2014, Governor Herbert signed into law two bills which create new exemptions from the massage licensing law. House Bill 207 provides that practitioners whose practices are limited to the manipulation of the soft tissues of the hands, feet, and outer ears, including practitioners of reflexology and foot zone therapy, are not be required to have a state massage therapy license, as long as: (1) the practitioner is certified by and in good standing with an industry-recognized organization that r
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A Minor Legislative Change is Adopted in Indiana

Two bills, Senate Bill 348 and House Bill 1293, failed to pass the state legislature this year. The bills would have changed the current state certification (title protection) program, to a mandatory licensing (practice act) program. The bill would have also expanded the authority of the State Board of Massage Therapy by authorizing it to establish standards for the competent practice of massage therapy, approve massage therapy school curricula consistent with accepted national standards, and establish cont
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Deadline is July 1, 2014 for License by Grandfathering in Idaho

If you have already obtained your Idaho Massage Therapist license, you can disregard this reminder. All massage therapists in the state of Idaho must now have a State-issued massage license in order to practice.  The deadline to apply for your license by grandfathering is July 1, 2014.  There is no “automatic” grandfathering – you must apply to be grandfathered in. Click here for the license application and instructions. You can apply by grandfathering if: (1) you are a current member of
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Con Artist Back to Targeting Massage Therapists, Making Advances

After Incarceration, Man Calling with Sham Job Offers and Stalking Practitioners Again Update, March 31, 2014: ABMP has received reports from members in the Maryland/D.C. area that this man is back at it again. Using the same names—Steven Min, Steven Poe, Steven Sung, and Steven Yamamoto—he has begun soliciting individual massage therapists and their places of business again. He draws therapists in by offering a significant amount of money to work with “high rollers,” this time at the Rocky Gap
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Minnesota Voluntary Credentialing Bill Fails

House File 1925 and Senate File 1792, the bills currently under consideration in the state legislature has had considerable legislative support but did not pass certain committees by deadline so the 2014 effort has failed. It is very likely that a new bill will be introduced next year. If passed, the bill would: Create a voluntary credential - practitioners voluntarily choosing to register would be allowed to the use the very specific title:  Registered Massage and Bodywork Therapist, or RMBT. RMBTs
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Kansas Bill to Require State Licensing of Massage Therapists Fails Again

Despite significant support from individual legislators, HB 2187 again failed to pass the Kansas Legislature. As in previous years, the bill would have set minimum training requirements, defined a scope of practice, provided an avenue for consumer complaints, and pre-empted local regulations. If passed, the bill would have required massage therapists to become licensed by the state under the Kansas State Board of Nursing, and would have established a Massage Therapy Advisory Committee to advise the Board in
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MO Bill Proposes New Licensing and Registration Requirements

Bill Proposes New Licensing and Registration Requirements Maryland HB 1157 was introduced in the state legislature this month by Delegate James Hubbard. If passed, the bill would change Maryland’s massage practice law by: Requiring that all license and registration applicants submit to a criminal history records check as part of their application; Specifying that the additional 60 hours that must be obtained from an institution of higher education in order to be licensed (but not registered) must
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Aveda Founder Horst Rechelbacher Dies at 72

Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda Corp. and owner of a line of upscale organic salon ­products, died Saturday at his home in Osceola, Wis. He was 72. Read More      
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Massage Coalition Releases Statement on Entry-Level Analysis Project

On February 3, 2014, the Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations (Coalition, members detailed below) shared this group statement supporting the Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP) in anticipation of the project's publication later this month. ELAP is a research project initiated by the Coalition in March 2012. The project goals were to use data to define knowledge and skill components of entry-level education and recommend the minimum number of hours schools should teach to prepare gradua
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An Update on the Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), was signed into law by President Obama in March, 2010.  The ACA focuses primarily on new consumer protections, improving quality and lowering the costs of healthcare, and increasing access to affordable care. In addition, there are sections in the law that have the potential to support the integration of massage professionals and other complementary and alternative health care providers into state-regulated insurance plans. The ACA ensures that healt
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Volunteer Outreach Opportunities

ABMP Members, if you’re seeking volunteers for an event you’re organizing, log in to the ABMP Members section and under Marketing Center select "Outreach and Volunteer Opportunities - Do you have an event you would like posted?" Rewarding Volunteer Opportunities - Hospice of Michigan Date: Ongoing Location: Multiple Counties, Lower Peninsula,MI Contact Name: Alana Knoppow Contact Phone: 248-303-6818 Contact Email: aknoppow@HOM.ORG Hospice of Michigan has rewarding volunteer opportunities
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Florida Massage Establishments May Not Operate Between Midnight and 5 AM

House bill 7005, signed into law on June 14, 2013, prohibits the operation of massage establishments between the hours of midnight and 5:00 AM.  The prohibition does not apply to:  health care facilities, hotels, timeshares, and airports if the massage is performed under a medical prescription or during a county-approved special event. The new law also states that a massage establishment cannot be used as a primary residence unless it is zoned for residential use. The Florida rules define “massage
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Certification Now Required for Non-Licensed Reflexologists in Washington State

As we noted in our April 2012 legislative update, Senate Bill 6103 amended Washington’s massage licensing statute by requiring that reflexologists who do not have a Washington State massage license must obtain a state reflexology certification (also referred to as a credential).  The state has developed rules to implement the change, which can be read here. Reflexology practitioners who already have a Washington State massage license do not need to obtain the reflexology certification. Reflexology
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Human Trafficking Notices Must Now Be Posted Unless You Are CAMTC-Certified

Last fall we notified our California members that Senate Bill 1193, which added section 52.6 to the California Civil Code, would be requiring that massage establishments -- except those that employ only California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC)-certified therapists -- must conspicuously post written human trafficking notices.  The law is now in effect. As a result, If you practice massage or bodywork in California, and you do not have any other massage therapists or bodyworkers as employees, you mu
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SD Bill Signed into Law, Changes Will Benefit LMT’s

As we discussed in our last legislative update, HB 1126 initially proposed to repeal South Dakota’s Massage Therapy Act.  However, a compromise amendment was achieved which deleted the repeal language and instead made several improvements to the massage law, including: Removing the requirement that schools must be accredited by a US Department of Education recognized accrediting agency by July 1, 2014 in order to be recognized by the Board. Improving reciprocity/endorsement licensing requirements f
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Washington State to Consider Licensing Massage Businesses

House Bill 1981 was introduced in the Washington state legislature on March 7, 2013.  The bill proposes to require that massage therapy businesses, or “establishments,” obtain establishment licenses from the Department of Health in order to operate.  The bill lists several exemptions, including exemptions for student clinics, establishments owned by licensed medical professionals, establishments which provide only chair massage, establishments owned and operated by a licensed massage practitioner who
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ABMP Members In The News

***** If your practice was mentioned in print, online, on the radio, or on TV, please let ABMP know. Send an email to differentstrokes@abmp.com with the subject line "Members in the News" and a link to the online news coverage. ***** (March/April, 2014) Valecia Weeks: Massage ... Cellulite's Worst Enemy Carolan McFarland: Massage therapist retiring after 24 years Amanda Smith: Bucyrus Massage Therapy fulfills dream for three partners Celeste Kelly and Grace Granatelli: Equine Massage T
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E-mail Scams Continue to Target Massage Therapists

> Report online scams. Internet Scams Target Massage Therapists Please note! ABMP has received several reports reporting this scam. Be aware! Massage therapists are now on the receiving end of a variation of an online con. Here's how it works: An out-of-town "client" contacts a practitioner via e-mail wanting to schedule appointments for a time in the future when he/she will be visiting the area. The appointments and times are scheduled. Shortly thereafter, the practitioner receives a cashier's c
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