March 22, 2012(Key vote)
Title: Requires Massage Therapists to be Licensed
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that requires massage therapists to be licensed by the state, effective July 1, 2012.
Establishes the Board of Massage Therapy to determine the qualifications of persons applying for licensure (Sec. 1).
Requires massage therapists to be licensed by the Board of Massage Therapy (Sec. 1).
Requires persons applying for licensure to meet the following requirements (Sec. 1):
Have a high school diploma or equivalent;
Be at least 18 years old;
Have good moral character;
Have completed a massage program consisting of 500 hours of coursework; and
Have passed a national competency examination in massage therapy approved by the Board of Massage Therapy.
Prohibits massage therapists from performing the following (Sec. 1):
Diagnosis of injury, illness, or disease;
Chiropractic adjustments or skeletal manipulative procedures;
Therapeutic exercises such as, but not limited to, the use of medically classified therapeutic devices, mechanical traction, laser and light therapies, electrical stimulation, or application of ultrasound; and
Dispensing prescriptions for pharmaceutical agents.
Specifies that any person convicted of violating any of the above provisions to be guilty of a misdemeanor (Sec.1).