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HB 0242 - Framework for the Regulation of Massage Therapy
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Tracking Level: Neutral
Sponsor: Lee Hawkins
Last Action: 5/6/2019 - Effective Date
House Committee: Regulated Industries
Senate Committee: Regulated Industries and Utilities
Assigned To:
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

HB 242 establishes board certification of massage therapy educational programs, within and outside the state, which meet the standards for training and curriculum set by the rules of the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy. The bill allows the board to request on-site inspections of massage therapy businesses and requires these businesses to continuously maintain liability insurance coverage for bodily injuries and property damages. Further, massage therapy businesses must comply with appropriate advertising. The bill increases fines for non-compliance and unlawful acts.  A provision was added that allows local governments to run criminal background checks on owners and employees.  The massage therapists themselves will undergo a criminal background check through the secretary of state.

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