South Dakota Bill Would Make Minor Changes to Licensing Law
South Dakota HB 1102, discussed in our previous legislative update, was signed into law on March 11, 2015. The new law amends the state's massage therapist licensing statute by removing the high school graduation requirement for licensure. The bill also clarifies that the Massage Board has authority to grant a massage therapist license to an applicant even though he or she “has been convicted of, or pled guilty to a felony, any crime involving or relating to the practice of massage, or any crime involving dishonesty or moral turpitude,” if the Board determines that “the plea or conviction is of a nature or is sufficiently remote in time that the applicant does not constitute a risk to public safety.” As we previously mentioned, the Massage Board found that these particular issues were serving as barriers for otherwise qualified license applicants.
There are two seats open to licensed massage therapists. You must be nominated by a massage organization for a vacancy, and ABMP can help nominate you. Let us know if you're interested and find out how to apply!
The US Department of Education issued final rules on October 31 that will likely greatly impact clock-hour programs in states with minimum clock-hour requirements for licensure or certification, including massage therapy. The new rule is flawed and, if not changed, will cause devastating collateral damage to schools, instructors, students, and the public. Find out how you can advocate!
School owners, operators, and instructors—use our advocacy template to send to your state senators and representatives to make them reconsider the "150%" rule amendment. Add your own opinions and experiences to make your letter more personal and impactful.