On April 25th House bill CS/HB 1065 passed the House, and subsequently passed the Senate on April 29, 2014.
The bill requires applicants for licensure as a massage therapist and individuals with ownership in or
management responsibilities for a massage establishment to submit fingerprints for background screening.
The bill also requires massage therapists and individuals with ownership in or management responsibilities for
a massage establishment who were licensed prior to July 1, 2014, to submit to the background screening
requirements by January 31, 2015.
The bill requires the Board of Massage Therapy to deny applications for initial licensure and licensure renewal
of any individual screened and determined to have been convicted or found guilty of, or entered a plea of guilty
or nolo contendere to, specified criminal acts. The bill requires the Department of Health to issue an
emergency order suspending the license of a massage therapist, or massage establishment, upon receipt of
information that the individual has been convicted or found guilty of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo
contendere to, specified criminal acts.
The bill exempts a licensed physician, osteopathic physician, or chiropractor, who employs a licensed
massage therapist to perform massage on the physician’s patients at the physician’s place of practice, from the
background screening requirements of the bill.
Subject to the Governor’s veto powers, the effective date of this bill is July 1, 2014.
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