There is a new bill that may change how things are being done in terms of regulating massage – AB 1822.
If AB 1822 becomes law:
- After December 31, 2015, ALL massage therapists will again have to have local permits for EACH city in which they practice.
- Until then, background checks, fingerprinting, and other vetting for state-recognized certification would no longer be done by the CAMTC, but instead by local law enforcement where you live or work.
- You will be required to pay an additional fee to local law enforcement to fund these background checks, in addition to the fee paid to the CAMTC.
- Local law enforcement will have the power to order the CAMTC not to certify someone, based on the results of their own investigations.
- Cities or counties that do not already regulate non-certified massage therapists will have to do so.
- The door will be opened for “massage parlors” to find the local jurisdiction with the easiest vetting process and start calling their employees “CMTs”.
The process is still early on and we cannot predict where it will go. However, I think it is interesting that there is such a push to make changes already. Does this mean that CAMTC has not proven to measure up to everyone’s liking? In reading the proposed changes, I do not feel this is would be a step forward for the field. Nor do I see it as a way to close the gaps they are attempting to fill in terms of massage establishments that are not operating legitimately and applicants that maybe should not be approved to practice as a CMP or CMT. Maybe with the new highly paid CEO – we can rest assured this will all be settled with the best outcomes for folks who are legitamitely practicing massage here in California before new laws get passed. I encourage you to get involved and stay informed in the coming months. Here is a link to the Legislative Council’s Digest:
You can get involved by writing to the Business and Professions Comittee before the next hearing on April 20th. We will continue to post things as they happen. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns that we may be able to help you with.