Governor Beshear vetoed House Bill 8, which would impose a 6% sales tax on massage services. The legislature will likely override the veto and it's important that you contact your representatives so that they clean up the bill.
Recent News and Legislative Updates
The Delaware Board of Massage and Bodywork has proposed a continuing education (CE) rule that would allow the required nine hours of hands-on CE to be taken online for the license renewal period ending August 21, 2022.
On March 30, 2022, Governor Inslee signed into law Senate Bill 5753, which increases the number of members on the Washington Board of Massage from four to seven.
Senate File 1074 and House File 1275 would require statewide licensure for massage therapists and Asian bodywork therapists in Minnesota. Unfortunately, neither bill was assigned to or heard in committee and will not move forward in the legislative process this year.
The California massage therapy community has an opportunity to join 45 other licensed states by instituting professional licensing in place of the current uneven, incomplete voluntary certification process administered by a private organization, the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC).
Help ABMP oppose House Bill 8 by calling your senators and representatives. You can use our provided phone script. Now is the time to advocate for yourself and all Kentucky massage therapists.
The Kentucky legislature introduced House Bill 8 (HB 8) this session, which would impose a 6% sales tax on massage services. ABMP opposes HB 8 and invites you to take action to oppose this bill before it becomes law—contact your senator today.
The proposed rules were released February 2022 and primarily affect the following areas: board member stipends and duties, definitions, continuing education requirements, and communicable disease control measures. Read ABMP's full summary to see how the rules may impact your practice.
Are you interested in serving on the Oregon State Board of Massage Therapy? There will be one seat open to a licensed massage therapist this May, and Governor Brown’s office is looking for qualified applicants. If you wish to apply, email email@example.com by February 23, 2022, so we may nominate you.
Senate Bill 180 was introduced will create a tiered licensing structure for massage therapists: Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs) and a second tier of Certified Massage Practitioners (CMPs) who practice limited massage therapy. ABMP is opposed to SB 180 as is, because there are no education requirements for becoming a CMP.