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League Submits Comments on California Massage Therapy Council Sunset Review Legislation

March 11, 2016
The Assembly Business and Professions Committee and the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development committees on Monday, March 14 will hold a sunset review hearing for the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC).
 
The hearing will cover AB 2195 (Bonilla), legislation that would extend its sunset under the Massage Therapy Act (AB 1147 of 2014) from Jan. 1, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2019.

It is of great importance to California’s cities that massage therapists within their borders be properly regulated and work in legitimate massage businesses in accordance with state and local laws. As a hybrid public/nonprofit entity established and strictly governed by statute, CAMTC has faced a number of governance and transparency challenges in the last year that, if not corrected, could threaten its future success. The League, prior to this joint hearing, submitted preliminary comments and amendments to AB 2195 that will bring CAMTC improved transparency and governance.
 
Since Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1147 in 2014, the League worked in conjunction with its representative on the CAMTC board and has made numerous suggestions about how the transparency and functioning of the board’s operations can be improved. Any state-sanctioned certification program cannot function effectively without a high degree of public confidence in the quality of those certified and the League is currently conducting a member survey to assess how they have interacted with CAMTC and their impressions on how the current model is working.
 
The League’s comments/amendments address:
  • Eligibility for CAMTC board;
  • Removal of CAMTC board members;
  • Filing board vacancies;
  • Prohibition of removal of board members for disloyalty;
  • Making CAMTC subject to the Public Records Act; and
  • Require annual educational briefings to CAMTC board on both open meetings and Public Records Act.


 
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