Assemblywoman Bonilla’s Massage Therapy Reform Act of 2014 Approved by the Assembly

August 30, 2014 · 16 comments

Assemblywoman Bonilla’s AB 1147, the Massage Therapy Act, is now on its way to Governor Brown’s desk after being approved by the Assembly with a 72-0 vote.

This bill overhauls California’s existing massage therapy law to address the problems with businesses engaging in illegal activities.

This measure gives local government more authority to regulate fraudulent businesses, while reforming the oversight of certified massage professionals and increasing the safety of massage therapy consumers.

“My colleagues of the California State Legislature have spoken and agree that the massage therapy industry needs change,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord).  “AB 1147 is the solution which will help eliminate human trafficking and prostitution in California’s massage therapy establishments.”

Assembly Bill 1147 specifically:

  • Returns land use authority to cities and counties.
  • Reconstitutes the board of the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC).
  • Reinforces the authority of local massage ordinances.
  • Provides local governments with options for revoking the registration of establishments that violate the law.
  • Raises professional standards for massage therapists.
  • Enhances CAMTC’s disciplinary authority; and requires the certification of massage establishment operators.

“AB 1147 will give local jurisdictions the authority to shut down the illegitimate business ruining the reputation of the massage therapy industry and ensure that the trained and certified therapists can continue to play a vital healing role in our communities,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla.

1 Elwood August 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Gee, I sure hope this doesn’t mean that PH can no longer have a massage parlor on every corner.

Massage parlors are PH’s leading growth business.

But with the new lunatic gun shop ordinance they prevent gun shops from opening in PH.

2 brianinmtz August 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Glad to see her bill had a happy ending

3 Laura Zah August 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Thank goodness we have Assemblywoman Bonilla there to tirelessly work for such important legislation. What would we do without her?

4 Ven Xeter August 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM

This bill will not result in a happy ending.

5 ... August 30, 2014 at 5:43 PM

This is becoming tiresome.

6 Lame August 30, 2014 at 6:11 PM

They are making it harder to get a simple rub-and-tug!

I’m sure there is a way to reduce human trafficking without losing an innocent and valuable human service like that!

7 Democrats are very anti business August 30, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Why can’t they just stay out of the way?

8 Jerk August 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Ah yes – No Orgasm without Taxation!

9 Stop the War on Small Business August 30, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Vote out All Democrats in 2014

10 Buster August 30, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Clayton Road near the Motel 6 has 3, sure hope we can get a few more before this becomes law. Section 8 housing, cheap motels and massage therapy shops make Concord family friendly.

11 RIII August 30, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Assemblywoman Bonilla and Senator Mark DeSaulnier are really going to save us. All of this very important legislation when our state and our county are going broke! We have “Open Restrooms” in our public schools. We have people entering our country and our school system having never had any kind of a vaccination and carrying several health problems and these two “Clowns” are wasting their time and our government ‘s time with this “Feel Good Legislation.” Evidently, we get what they paid for! Isn’t there an election coming up?

12 Anonymous August 30, 2014 at 11:12 PM

If Bonilla is so concerned about people of opposite sexes and fol de rol why was she a leading advocate of letting boys in the girls restrooms at public schools. Answer : the SF folks told her what to do and she did it.

13 cornfed August 30, 2014 at 11:35 PM

I have no words.

14 ..... August 31, 2014 at 7:03 AM

As her office told us….she is “perfectly in touch with her constituents.”

Maies me wonder if she knows who her constituents are. Or just who are her comstituents….

15 Bad Bill August 31, 2014 at 10:00 AM

This really rubs me the wrong way. They hard going to make it harder. I think they are just going make a mess. I hope they will clean it up.

16 Jim August 31, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Government again stepping in where they do t belong…but you folks of the liberal left keep voting them in…thanks for this awesome.e Utopia of high unemployment…easy border crossings…delta tunnels…super grains to no where…etc…I’m. So excited to li e here…maybe that’s why businesses flock here…oh wait scratch h that too…we are screwed by thecoastal belted that know what’s best for us

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