On June 26, 2009, Governor Rell signed House Bill 5883 into law. The new law, An Act Concerning The Unlicensed Practice of Massage Therapy, makes it a Class C misdemeanor for anyone to engage in the practice of massage therapy or use the title “massage therapist” without a license from the state Department of Public Health. Such a misdemeanor is punishable by up to three months in prison and a fine of up to $500. The bill goes into effect on October 1, 2009. It does not affect licensed massage therapists.