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Regulation of Massage Therapy

Concerning the regulation of massage therapy to modify practices that are linked to criminal behavior.
2016 Regular Session
Public Health

The act removes specific exemptions from the practice of massage therapy and clarifies that other licensed health care professionals may practice massage therapy without a massage therapist license as long as the therapy is within the health care professional's scope of practice. The act also requires a licensed massage therapist to be at least 18 years of age.

The act adds the crime of human trafficking to the list of existing offenses for which a license may be denied or revoked and includes a plea of nolo contendere or a receipt of a deferred sentence as reasons the director may deny a license or take disciplinary action against a licensee. The act also allows the director to take disciplinary action against a licensee for fraudulent, coercive, or dishonest practices; incompetence or untrustworthiness; or indecent exposure. The director is also permitted to fine a person who violates the massage therapy laws. The act makes it a misdemeanor for a person to aid or abet the unlicensed practice of massage therapy.

The act allows a city, county, city and county, or other political subdivision to inspect massage businesses.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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