Maryland HB 1157 was introduced in the state legislature this month by Delegate James Hubbard. If passed, the bill would change Maryland’s massage practice law by:
- Requiring that all license and registration applicants submit to a criminal history records check as part of their application;
- Specifying that the additional 60 hours that must be obtained from an institution of higher education in order to be licensed (but not registered) must include at least 24 hours in one or more of eight specified content areas, or the license applicant must have obtained 24 additional hours of continuing education in at least one of those content areas; and
- Increasing the number of hours required from an approved massage school from 500 hours to 600 hours, for both licensure and registration.