This document will help local jurisdictions decipher what the new legislation, effective Jan. 1, 2015, authorizes and prohibits.
The bill’s authors, Assembly Members Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) and Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), worked with the League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties, American Planning Association, California Chapter and the California Police Chiefs Association to help answer some of the many questions regarding this new legislation.
This landmark legislation allows local governments to use their regulatory and land use authority, as is the case with other businesses, to ensure the public’s safety, reduce human trafficking, and enforce local standards for the operation of the business of massage therapy. Under AB 1147
, cities and counties will be able to regulate the business that provides the massage therapy services and the California Massage Therapy Council will be responsible for regulating those individuals who apply or have a certification to provide massage therapy services.