Nevada Bill Affecting Massage therapy Signed Into Law

Nevada AB 126 was signed into law by Governor Sandoval on June 5, 2015, and will go into effect on October 1, 2015.  Under the new law:

  • Licensed nail technologists are no longer required to hold a massage license if they are massaging the hands, feet, forearms or lower legs of a person within the permissible scope of practice for a nail technologist.
  • The exam that massage license applicants are required to pass in order to obtain a license must now be a national exam approved by the Nevada Board of Massage Therapy.
  • People wishing to renew or reactivate an expired or inactive license must now do so within two years of the license’s expiration or inactive date. 
  • The Board of Massage Therapists may refuse to issue a license to an applicant or initiate disciplinary action against a licensee based on certain past criminal convictions no matter when the conviction occurred. Under the prior law, the Board could only consider an applicant’s or licensee’s convictions if they occurred within 10 years prior to the application. 
  • The Board may discipline a licensee or deny a license to anyone who fails to report any person’s unethical or unprofessional conduct relating to massage therapy within 30 days of becoming aware of that conduct.