Recent News and Legislative Updates

Minnesota Voluntary Credentialing Bill Status—Contact Your Legislators Before the Legislative Session Starts

As mentioned in our prior update, the Minnesota voluntary credentialing bill for massage therapists did not pass last year. However, the bill will be considered again this year in the Minnesota House of Representatives as House File 644, along with companion bill Senate File 1310.

ABMP Webinar CE is Now Free for Members

ABMP has announced that all webinar CE is now free for members, making it easier for massage therapists and bodyworkers to access online education and save money.

“We’ve taken on the cost of CE hours to make it easier for our members,” says ABMP President Les Sweeney. “We strive to add value to ABMP membership and want our members to have more money to spend on other CE providers, and on themselves.”

Cramer Selected as Official Launch Partner of the Film RACE

Cramer, part of the Performance Health family of brands, was selected as Official Launch Partner of the film Race. Race is based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athlete whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrust him onto the world stage of the 1936 Berlin Games.

Bon Vital’, another part of the Performance Health family, is also a proud supporter of this inspiring film.

Kentucky Considers Requiring Background Checks for Licensees

Two new regulations are being considered in Kentucky that would impose a new background check requirement for massage therapy licensees and license applicants. KY 21521 would require all license applicants to pass a criminal background check in order to obtain a massage license. Almost every other licensed state has the same type of requirement for massage license applicants. 

Bill Would Expressly Allow Local Regulation of Massage Businesses in Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s existing massage therapy statute does not expressly prevent towns and cities from enacting their own local licensing or other regulation of massage therapists and massage therapy businesses. A new bill, HB 7007, states this position expressly by proposing that language be added to the statute stating that “any city or town may, by ordinance, regulate the opening, the presence, the location, and the operation of any massage business or massage parlor located or operating