Legislative and Policy Developments

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TN Bill Exempts Temporary License Holders from Competency Exam

Effective July 1, 2022, the Board of Massage Licensure will be able to grant a temporary license to a person in good standing who is either licensed, registered, or certified in another state without passing a competency exam by the Board.

DE Proposes Online Continuing Education Rule

The Delaware Board of Massage and Bodywork has proposed a continuing education (CE) rule that would allow the required nine hours of hands-on CE to be taken online for the license renewal period ending August 21, 2022.

WA Expands Board of Massage

On March 30, 2022, Governor Inslee signed into law Senate Bill 5753, which increases the number of members on the Washington Board of Massage from four to seven.

MN Massage Therapy and Asian Bodywork Therapy Licensing Bills—UPDATE

Senate File 1074 and House File 1275 would require statewide licensure for massage therapists and Asian bodywork therapists in Minnesota. Unfortunately, neither bill was assigned to or heard in committee and will not move forward in the legislative process this year.

California Massage Licensing

The California massage therapy community has an opportunity to join 45 other licensed states by instituting professional licensing in place of the current uneven, incomplete voluntary certification process administered by a private organization, the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC).

Kentucky Bill Proposes 6% Sales Tax on Massage Services

The Kentucky legislature introduced House Bill 8 (HB 8) this session, which would impose a 6% sales tax on massage services. ABMP opposes HB 8 and invites you to take action to oppose this bill before it becomes law—contact your senator today.

Oregon Proposes New Massage Therapy Rules

The proposed rules were released February 2022 and primarily affect the following areas: board member stipends and duties, definitions, continuing education requirements, and communicable disease control measures. Read ABMP's full summary to see how the rules may impact your practice.

Oregon Board of Massage Therapy Seeks New Board Member

Are you interested in serving on the Oregon State Board of Massage Therapy? There will be one seat open to a licensed massage therapist this May, and Governor Brown’s office is looking for qualified applicants. If you wish to apply, email gr@abmp.com by February 23, 2022, so we may nominate you.