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Sunset Massage Therapists

Concerning the continuation of licensing requirements for massage therapists, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations of the 2021 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.
2022 Regular Session
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

Sunset Process - House Judiciary Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies' (department) sunset review and report on the licensing of massage therapists by:

  • Continuing the licensing requirements for 9 years, until September 1, 2031 ( sections 1 and 2 of the bill);
  • Granting sole discretion to the director of the division of professions and occupations to approve the licensure examination for massage therapists by repealing the reference to national licensure examinations as an option for massage therapist applicants to take in lieu of another examination approved by the director ( section 3 ); and
  • Adding, as grounds for disciplining a massage therapist:
  • Engaging in fraud, misrepresentation, deception, or cheating in taking or furnishing the results of a required examination or having the person's score on the examination invalidated by the testing provider because the person was determined to have cheated or engaged in fraud, misrepresentation, or deception in taking the examination ( section 4 ). and
  • Failing to timely respond to a complaint against the massage therapist ( section 4 ).

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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