SB 219, sponsored by Senator Chris Romer, has been advancing through the Colorado General Assembly. Currently the bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Appropriations Committee. A lot has changed since the introduction of the bill and first committee hearing on April 16, 2008. Due to a compromise with the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), the bill has been amended from a licensure act to a mandatory registration program, which is a less rigid regulatory program. If passed, the bill would still benefit the massage therapy community in three primary ways:
- Minimum training requirements and scope of practice are defined.
- An avenue for consumer complaint is established.
- Local regulations will be pre-empted, meaning massage therapists would register with the state and will no longer have to become licensed in their city.
- The applicant has completed a minimum 300-hour massage therapy program and has a minimum of 5 years professional experience, OR
- The applicant has completed a minimum 500 hour massage therapy program, OR
- The applicant has passed either the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) or one of the National Certification Exams (NCE) offered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).