HB1450 - MASSAGE THERAPY - Barry, Joan
HB1450 REGULATES AND LICENSES MASSAGE THERAPY.
Sponsor: Barry, Joan (100) Effective Date:00/00/00
CoSponsor: Hosmer, Craig (138) LR Number:3216-01
Last Action: COMMITTEE: PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION & LICENSING
04/29/98 - Reported Do Pass (H)
HB1450
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BILL SUMMARIES

COMMITTEE

HB 1450 -- MASSAGE THERAPY

CO-SPONSORS:  Barry, Hosmer

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on
Professional Registration and Licensing by a vote of 12 to 3.

This bill establishes licensure for massage therapy.  Massage
therapy is a health care profession which treats the body's
tonus system through the scientific or skillful manipulation of
the soft tissue of the body.

The State Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork is
established within the Division of Professional Registration.
The bill contains provisions regarding the make-up of the board,
its duties, terms of service, compensation, meetings, election
of officers, and the removal of its members.

The board will take applications, give examinations, collect
fees; conduct back-ground checks on applicants; renew, suspend,
and revoke licenses; and file complaints with the Administrative
Hearing Commission.

The bill also contains certain criteria that must be met before
obtaining a license, which include an age requirement, passage
of an accredited examination, and completion of a board-approved
curriculum.

Only licensed massage therapists, physical therapists,
chiropractors, athletic trainers, or persons belonging to
professions in which they are trained and licensed to perform
massage techniques are allowed to advertise as being able to
perform massages.

Violations of any provision of this bill is a class B
misdemeanor.

FISCAL NOTE:  Estimated Net Effect to Professional Registration
Fees Fund of an income of $20,019 in FY 1999, a cost of $54,073
in FY 2000, and an income of $1,511 in FY 2001.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that this is a consumer protection
bill.  There are many schools in the state, but only three are
nationally certified.  Currently no one is overseeing the
instruction and there is a lot of unsupervised training.  It is
felt that massage therapy needs to be a standardized profession
with oversight from a state board.

Testifying for the bill were Representative Barry; American
Massage Therapy Association; Melinda Meyer; and the Missouri
Sheriff's Association.

OPPONENTS:  Those who oppose the bill say that there are some
problems with the language and the massage therapists should not
be allowed to manipulate or diagnose.  Opponents also feel that
the bill is too restrictive and discriminatory and does not
address the problems regarding zoning and municipal ordinances.

Testifying against the bill were Missouri Chiropractic
Association; Missouri Massage Legislative Awareness League; and
Katherine Jones.

Bob Dominique, Legislative Analyst


INTRODUCED

HB 1450 -- Massage Therapy

Co-Sponsors:  Barry, Hosmer

This bill establishes licensure for massage therapy.  Massage
therapy is a health care profession which treats the body's
tonus system through the scientific or skillful manipulation of
the soft tissue of the body.

The State Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork is
established within the Division of Professional Registration.
The bill contains provisions regarding the make-up of the board,
its duties, terms of service, compensation, meetings, election
of officers, and the removal of its members.

The board will take applications, give examinations, collect
fees; conduct back-ground checks on applicants; renew, suspend,
and revoke licenses; and file complaints with the Administrative
Hearing Commission.

The bill also contains certain criteria that must be met before
obtaining a license, which include an age requirement, passage
of an accredited examination, and completion of a board-approved
curriculum.

Only licensed massage therapists, physical therapists,
chiropractors, athletic trainers, or persons belonging to
professions in which they are trained and licensed to perform
massage techniques are allowed to advertise as being able to
perform massages.

Violations of any provision of this bill is a class B
misdemeanor.


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