Recent News and Legislative Updates

Utah Bill Creates Tiered Licensure. Protect Massage Therapy Standards in Utah—March Update

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.

Indiana Proposes Rules for Massage Therapy Licensure and Continuing Education

The Indiana State Board of Massage Therapy proposed new rules as a necessary step to bring licensure protocols into effect. These proposed rules would primarily change the term “certificate holder” to “license holder,” and outline continuing education requirements for renewal once licensure is the law of the land, among other modifications.

Minnesota Licensing Bills Introduced for Practitioners of Massage Therapy and Asian Bodywork Therapies

Senate File 1074 and House File 1275 have been introduced in the Minnesota legislature and would require statewide licensure for massage therapists and Asian bodywork therapists. If you would like to support the bill, find out how you can send a short email to your legislators using our sample advocacy letter.

New York Implements Indoor Mask Mandate or Proof of Vaccination Requirement—December 2021 COVID-19 Update

Governor Hochul announced that masks are required in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement that requires proof of vaccination as a condition of entry. This measure is effective December 13, 2021, through January 15, 2022.