Introduced Senate Bill (S)

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Massage therapists. Provides that an individual must be licensed by the state board of massage therapy (board) to practice massage therapy. (Under current law, massage therapists are certified by the board but certification is not required to practice massage therapy.) Provides that the massage therapy licensing requirements do not apply to individuals who meet certain requirements. Amends the definition of "massage therapy" to include certain acts. Amends the definition of "massage therapist" to include a person who offers massage therapy. Removes provisions that prohibit: (1) membership in a professional massage therapy association being a requirement to serve on the board; Massage therapists. Provides that an individual must be licensed by the state board of massage therapy (board) to practice massage therapy. (Under current law, massage therapists are certified by the board but certification is not required to practice massage therapy.) Provides that the massage therapy licensing requirements do not apply to individuals who meet certain requirements. Amends the definition of "massage therapy" to include certain acts. Amends the definition of "massage therapist" to include a person who offers massage therapy. Removes provisions that prohibit: (1) membership in a professional massage therapy association being a requirement to serve on the board; and (2) a limitation on the number of members of the board who may belong to the same professional massage therapy association. Removes the prohibition of a board member serving more than two consecutive terms. Requires: (1) that massage therapy instruction must be approved by the board; and (2) that a massage therapy school or program must be an accredited postsecondary proprietary educational institution. Provides that a person may not use certain titles or practice massage therapy without a license. Establishes certain prohibitions and requirements for massage therapy advertisements. Allows more restrictive local ordinances, resolutions, rules, and policies concerning massage therapist advertisements. Provides for the transition to licensure for massage therapists who are certified on June 30, 2016. Provides that the board may not grant licensure by endorsement to an individual who has a pending disciplinary action. Provides that the massage therapist licensing law preempts local ordinances, resolutions, rules, and policies concerning massage therapists, except for zoning requirements and occupational license fees. Makes conforming changes. ... View more