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UPDATE: Massage Therapy Practitioner Certification Measure Receives Bipartisan Passage in Assembly

January 29, 2014
League-supported AB 1147 (Gomez) received bipartisan approval from the Assembly this week and is now pending before the Senate Rules Committee for committee assignments.
 
The measure’s passage comes ahead of this week’s deadline requiring bills carried over from the previous 2013 legislative session pass the house they originated in by Friday. 

As previously reported, in its current form, AB 1147 requires massage professionals complete a competency assessment examination approved by the California Massage Therapy Council prior to their certification. However, the bill’s substantive focus may shift over the course of the legislative session as amendments are introduced. To ensure local government concerns are heard regarding this issue, the League is currently working with stakeholders and the bill’s author to draft workable amendments that further local control and better equip cities with the tools necessary to combat the documented illicit activities, such prostitution and human trafficking, that occur in such establishments.  
 
Cities and stakeholders interested in the progress of AB 1147 can find updates and more information on the League’s massage regulation hot issues website.  


 
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