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.