ABMP has verified that amendments will be made to Kentucky House Bill 79 and the requirement for massage establishment licenses will be removed from the bill.
House Bill 79 (HB 79) was introduced in Kentucky this session. HB 79 amends various sections of the massage practice act, including establishment licensing and continuing education.
The Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy (KBLMT) will have a second virtual meeting this week on May 13, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the released COVID-19 guidelines and clarify certain points.
The Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy is seeking applicants to serve on the board. There are currently three vacancies for licensed massage therapists (LMTs), one of which may be a school owner.
The board consists of seven members—five must be LMTs (at least one but no more than two of those can also be owners or directors of a board-approved school). Candidates must be residents of Kentucky for at least one year and have been practicing massage therapy for at least five of the last seven years. Each board term is three years in length.
The Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy is seeking applicants to serve on the board. There is currently one vacancy for a licensed massage therapist (LMT).
Two new regulations are being considered in Kentucky which would impose a new background check requirement for massage therapy licensees and license applicants.
- The law adds language allowing the board to accept other entry-level exams, such as the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB). The MBLEx is currently accepted in 26 states with additional states working (as Kentucky did by amending the law) toward accepting it.
- An exemption for instructors who are residents of another state who are in Kentucky to teach short term would be clarified.