Recent News and Legislative Updates

Pennsylvania

House Bill 2499, a legislative proposal to license massage therapists, passed the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee by a vote of 12-2 on Wednesday, September 17. The bill still has to clear several hurdles before passing, including votes on the Senate floor, Appropriations, then a vote in the House to concur with Senate amendments.

Wisconsin

Please Note Changes to Wisconsin State Certification Program for Massage and Bodywork Therapists The Department of Regulation and Licensing has amended administrative rules for state certification as a massage therapist or bodyworker and has changed the requirements for renewal of certification. The next renewal deadline is March 1, 2009. As of September 1, 2008:


SB 731 Approved by Legislature!

I have two sculptor friends, one living in Albuquerque, the other on Long Island, who both toiled for 30 years before finally achieving significant commercial success. I kid them about “Becoming an overnight success at age 55.” That’s about how the progress on SB 731 feels, I’m happy finally to report.

Massachusetts

Grandfathering Deadline Extended in Massachusetts The grandfathering provision deadline has been extended for massage therapists in Massachusetts. The original deadline of May 1, 2008, has been extended to December 1, 2009. If you have not yet applied for a license, the application instructions and application can be found at: www.mass.gov/dpl/boards/mt.




West Virginia

The West Virginia Massage Therapy Licensure Board is now accepting the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB: www.fsmtb.org) as a qualification for licensure.

Washington

The Washington Board of Massage is now accepting the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB: www.fsmtb.org) as a qualification for licensure.

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