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Massage Regulation Webinar Available Free for League Members

Register by May 16

May 6, 2014
The League will offer a webinar on May 20 from 10 – 11 a.m. to update members on the latest message regulation legislation, AB 1147.
Attendees will learn about what the legislation does, how it is different from existing law and how it may help your city.

Local governments across the state have been negatively impacted as a result of the unintended consequences of SB 731 (Oropeza, 2008) dealing with the voluntary certification of massage professionals. Although this law was created with the best of intentions, it is clear now that in practice it is not working and needs to be changed. Creating professional standards for the massage industry is not at issue. However, where the massage industry sought to be treated “no better, no worse” than other professional service providers, SB 731 actually gives preferential treatment to massage businesses.
The League has been asking for four major changes to the massage law: 
  • California Massage Therapy Council as a nonprofit should be eliminated in favor of a board or commission under the Department of Consumer Affairs; 
  • Owners of massage businesses need to be held accountable for what goes on in their establishments;
  • The League is requesting local governments be allowed to apply reasonable regulations to massage businesses; and
  • Local governments need to recoup the costs of protecting the public. Because of the way the statute is written, the committee should clarify that local governments can charge fees for the costs of enforcement.
Registration is free for League members/partners and $100 for non-members. Register at www.cacities.org/events by noon on Friday, May 16. Webinar log-in information and background materials will be sent May 19. For registration questions, contact Megan Dunn.

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