OLR Bill Analysis

HB 6794

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING MASSAGE THERAPIST QUALIFICATIONS.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires an applicant for a massage therapist license to successfully complete an examination prescribed by the Department of Public Health (DPH). Current law requires such applicants to successfully complete the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. (But this examination will no longer be offered after March 31, 2015, thus affecting DPH's ability to issue new licenses after this date.)

Existing law also requires licensure applicants to graduate from an accredited massage therapy school that (1) required at least 500 hours of classroom instruction with the instructor present and (2) had a current school code assigned by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

The bill also makes technical and conforming changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

27

Nay

0

(03/23/2015)