HB 1279 Licensure and regulation of massage therapists.
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Licensure and regulation of massage therapists. . Establishes mandatory certification of massage therapists under the aegis of the Board of Nursing. "Massage therapy" is defined as treatment of soft tissues for therapeutic purposes by application of massage and bodywork techniques based on the manipulation or application of pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body. Massage therapy will not include any of the services or procedures within the scope of practice of medicine, nursing, chiropractic therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, acupuncture, or podiatry or the diagnosis or treatment of illness or disease. The Board of Nursing is authorized to certify massage therapists and to maintain a registry of all certified massage therapists and to promulgate regulations governing the criteria for certification as a massage therapist and the standards of professional conduct. Some criteria are, however, set out in the new section, e.g., to be licensed, the applicant must be 18 years old, must have completed 500 hours of training, must have passed the National Certification Exam for Massage and Bodywork, and must not be the subject of a disciplinary action. In addition, persons who have practiced for ten years or more prior to July 1, 1997, and have completed at least 200 hours of training will be eligible for certification. Reciprocity is also provided for other states' licensees.

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01/22/96  House: Presented & ordered printed 961705232  pdf
02/12/96  House: Printed as engrossed 961705232-E  pdf
02/29/96  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1279ER)  pdf
03/11/96  House: Reenrolled bill text (HB1279ER)  pdf
03/19/96  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0166)  pdf

House amendments
Senate amendments
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Governor's recommendation

01/22/96  House: Presented & ordered printed 961705232
01/22/96  House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/23/96  House: Assigned to H. W. I. sub-committee: 2
02/09/96  House: Reported from H. W. I. w/amendments (18-Y 3-N)
02/10/96  House: Read first time
02/12/96  House: Read second time
02/12/96  House: Committee amendments agreed to
02/12/96  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/12/96  House: Printed as engrossed 961705232-E
02/13/96  House: Read third time and passed House (96-Y 4-N)
02/13/96  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 4-N)
02/13/96  House: Communicated to Senate
02/14/96  Senate: Read first time
02/14/96  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/20/96  Senate: Assigned to Ed. & Health sub-committee: Health Professions
02/22/96  Senate: Reported from Ed. & H. with amendment (11-Y 4-N)
02/23/96  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/23/96  Senate: VOTE: CONST. READING DISPENSED (40-Y 0-N)
02/26/96  Senate: Read third time
02/26/96  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/26/96  Senate: Committee amendment rejected
02/26/96  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/26/96  Senate: Amendments by Mr. Newman agreed to
02/26/96  Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (32-Y 6-N)
02/26/96  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (32-Y 6-N)
02/27/96  House: Placed on Calendar
02/28/96  House: Passed by for the day
02/29/96  House: Senate amendments agreed to by House (93-Y 3-N)
02/29/96  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 3-N)
02/29/96  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1279ER)
03/01/96  House: Enrolled
03/01/96  House: Signed by Speaker
03/01/96  Senate: Signed by President
03/08/96  House: Governor's recommendation received by House
03/09/96  House: Placed on Calendar
03/09/96  House: House concurred in Gov's recommendation (98-Y 0-N)
03/09/96  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N)
03/09/96  Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted
03/09/96  Senate: Senate concurred in Gov's recommendation (40-Y 0-N)
03/09/96  Senate: VOTE: ADOPT GOV. RECOMM. (40-Y 0-N)
03/09/96  House: Reenrolled
03/09/96  House: Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
03/09/96  Senate: Signed by President as reenrolled
03/09/96  House: Enacted, Chapter 166 (effective 7/1/96)
03/11/96  House: Reenrolled bill text (HB1279ER)
03/19/96  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0166)