Assemblymembers Bonilla, Gomez, Holden and League of CA Cities Unveil Massage Therapy Act of 2014

April 24, 2014 16:00 pm · 28 comments


Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) announced the introduction of a major reform measure, AB 1147, to overhaul California’s existing massage therapy law.

“Clearly the current regulatory system for massage therapy businesses in California is not effective,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “Bad actors, masquerading as legitimate massage professionals, have exploited loopholes in current law which impairs the ability of local government and law enforcement to regulate them. Their actions damage the integrity of true massage therapy professionals.”

The Massage Therapy Act of 2014 was introduced to address problems stemming from Senate Bill 731 (2008) which created a voluntary certification process for massage professionals. This voluntary process resulted in the dramatic increase of massage businesses, many of which have become home to serious illegal activities such as prostitution and human trafficking.

“It’s time we take back control of our neighborhoods,” said Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez. “Legitimate massage therapists have a role in our communities. But the current law has allowed criminal elements to hide behind the law and disrupt our communities. This stops now.”

“This bill frees cities and law enforcement to do what they do best: guard the best interests of its citizens and resident businesses and protect their community from criminals,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “This bill allows good massage therapists to be recognized and bad actors to be put out of business.”

ANON April 24, 2014 at 4:10 PM

“bad actors to be put out of business.”
where to get happy ending now ?? (1st)

Russ April 24, 2014 at 4:24 PM

I can see where this might rub some people the wrong way

typical concord resident April 24, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Oh look, Susan “Stupid Liberal Idiot” Bonilla comes up with another way to infringe on our freedom. Why hasn’t she been tarred and feathered and run out on a rail yet?

Atticus Thraxx April 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Sweet baby Jesus…this is real? Couldn’t have been funnier if the Onion wrote it.

A jeez April 24, 2014 at 5:47 PM

people keep voting and this is what we all get. And people thought Marks toe nail bill was a joke.

Atticus Thraxx April 24, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Hah! Good one Russ!

anon April 24, 2014 at 6:39 PM

And now all the loop holes have been closed, She can take the blame if this is inadequate. Who authored Senate Bill 731 (2008) which didn’t work?

:-( April 24, 2014 at 7:05 PM

If you want a good legitimate massage, then go to a Licensed Massage Therapist. If you want a good rub-n-tug, then I don’t see the problem with 2 mutually consenting adults engaging in certain practices…

I don’t see a problem with the current system.

P-Hill Golfer April 24, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Definitely a slippery slope, but I can see this leading to a lot less friction in our area.

MikeT April 24, 2014 at 8:20 PM

I’m not real clear on this, they made a law to change a law they made, found out the law that was made was bunk, so now making a new law to change the old law they made? Damn, talk about job security……..


You people are KILLING me.

. April 24, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Just wait. Next year they’ll write another law to repeal this one which was enacted to repeal the last one.

It’s all about (political) job security. Must be nice to get paid for doing nothing.

Punster April 24, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Uh-oh, this is NOT going to have a happy ending.

Anonymous April 24, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Seminal legislation.

Don P - n concord April 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

The only ones jerking us around are the politicians

Dr. Jellyfinger® April 25, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Well…………. there goes my Friday nights!

Vindex April 25, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Ms. Bonilla
On face value I agree with you on this legislation. However, where is your consistency? You are completely FINE with boys going into girls locker rooms if they “feel” like a girl, BUT we must regulate the massage industry because two consenting adults chose to have sex for money? Now listen, I’m against prostitution and applaud your efforts to close a loophole. However, I see no consistency in your values. You have lost your soul to politics and you need to step down to get it back.

gratt April 25, 2014 at 12:20 PM


RickCendejas April 25, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Why don’t they just outlaw prostitution and leave massage therapists alone. Why does somebody have to have a license to give somebody else a legitimate massage? Government won’t be happy until everybody is in violation of some law or another, which can be used against them.

Jerk April 25, 2014 at 1:45 PM


Darwin April 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Rub & Tug???

Steve H. April 25, 2014 at 4:56 PM


primo April 25, 2014 at 6:23 PM

what a photo of absolutely useless people/politicians !!!!!!!!!
I wonder what OMG means ?????????????????

Mamatosix April 25, 2014 at 6:53 PM

As always this will cause more work for legitimate Massage Practitioners and the ho houses all over Claycord will go on with no consequences.
Just wrong. The laws are in place to shut down these illegal places so just do your effin job.

Marianne April 25, 2014 at 9:15 PM

More work for the vain politicians that enjoy the paparazzi crap. What are you going to do, fulfill their needs? I’m sure they’re just ready for anything that crawls near.

Marianne April 25, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Yep, ho houses, clap traps and monkey wards will go on and on. This is just feel good legislation that will go no where.

Jump April 26, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Who issue the business license to massahe partol to running their business? CAMTC? or

Price for everything April 26, 2014 at 2:01 PM

It’s give and take, they take a lot and you get a little. All business have their parameters if you are in the right tier. Otherwise it’s give and you get nothing.

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