Senate Bill 219, sponsored by Senator Chris Romer, has been introduced in the Colorado General Assembly. The bill has been assigned to the Business, Labor and Technology Committee. If passed, SB 219 would establish a Massage Therapy Practice Act under the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Registrations. Licenses would be required of all massage therapists. If the bill does pass, massage therapists will be impacted as follows: For a period of one year after applications become available, SB 219 would allow existing practitioners to qualify for a license under the grandfathering provision by having met one of the following:
- Holding a current license from one of the municipalities in Colorado that currently regulates massage therapists;
- Being a current member in good standing of a professional massage and bodywork association (such as ABMP);
- Completion of a minimum 500 hour massage therapy program.