Legislative and Policy Developments

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Texas Doubles Down on Massage Establishment Regulation

The Texas legislature adopted House Bill 3579, creating massage establishment emergency suspension orders and allowing for restrictive massage establishment regulations if a business meets specific criteria.

Montana Adopts Criminal Penalties Bill

House Bill 115 consolidates penalties for unlicensed practice across various licensing boards, including the Montana Board of Massage Therapy.

Use Your Voice to Advocate for Minnesota Massage Therapy Licensure

Minnesota is one of only five states to remain unlicensed, even though it is a critical effort for the industry. Please join ABMP to increase massage therapy standards, to implement enhanced public protection, and to encourage progress in the industry. Find out how you can advocate for licensure!

Washington Proposes Health Equity Rules

The Washington Board of Massage and Department of Health (Department) have proposed two new rules related to health equity that affect continuing education and initial training requirements. You can share your thoughts on the rules with the Department by July 7.

Nevada Adopts Massage Compact

Nevada becomes the first state to adopt the Massage Compact to simplify interstate massage therapy practice and regulation.

Indiana Proposes 316 Convictions of Concern

The Indiana State Board of Massage Therapy (Board) issued a proposed rule that would require the Board to clearly list 316 convictions of concern that may disqualify an individual from receiving a license. Elevate your voice and attend the public hearing on July 20 at 10:00 a.m. EDT where the rule will be discussed.

Federal Rules Could Impact Schools Across the Country

The US Department of Education released new gainful employment rules that could impact massage schools and students across the country. Add your voice to the growing list of professionals submit comments before June 20.

Texas Considering Rehabilitation Efforts When Reviewing Criminal History

Senate Bill 483 permits the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to consider each person’s criminal history—including federal offenses and any offense committed in another state—along with rehabilitative efforts when determining whether a massage therapy license should be issued or renewed.

Texas Introduces Second Exam Option for Massage Therapy Applicants

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation announced that massage therapist applicants now have a second licensing testing method from which they can choose, the Texas Massage Therapists Examination. Learn about exam registration, cancellation policies, and location sites.