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  • DOPL Rules (February 23, 2016)
    • Clarification stating what a “body wrap” is within the scope of practice for Massage Therapy, basically stating that a “body wrap” within Massage Therapy is for therapeutic purposes rather than for beautification purposes.
    • “Industry Organization” defined regarding Reflexology, Ortho-Bionomy liscensure exemptions. Lists qualifying organizations to which a reflexologist or Ortho-Bionomist must be a member to qualify for Massage Therapy license exemption.
    • Updates to qualifying exams used. NCBTMBs exam is obsolete so is removed and lists only the MBLEx from the FSMTB (Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards). Also allowed are predecessor exams if they were passed at a time when that exam was accepted by the Division.
    • Out-of State educational/experience equivalencies updated
  • Salt Lake County 2014
    • Salt Lake County Planning and Development Office proposed and the County subsequently adopted regulations defining Reiki businesses and restricting them operation guidelines.
  • Legislative Session 2014
    • HB 324 – Ortho-Bionomy Exemption Amendments
      • The AMTA Chapter Board is apposed to the original language of the bill
        • After meeting with the bills sponsor and discussing our concerns with the openness of the language the sponsor agreed to substitute the original language with stricter language, requiring:
          • Certification to practice, which would require 500+ hours of education, continuing education and adherence to standards of practice and ethics.
      • Passed with additional modifications and clarifications
      • Signed by Governor
    • HB 207 – Modifications to the Massage Therapy Practice Act
      • The AMTA-Utah Chapter Board is opposed to the passage of this bill and has formulated a response
        • The bill’s sponsor met with the Association and agreed to add language that requires the individual practicing Foot Zone Therapy or Refloxology to be certified and in good standing with an industry-recognized credentialing agency or professional association.
        • Further, the bill requires the client of the individual to be clothed, for the manipulation to be restricted to hands, feet and outer ears and that client is not allowed to receive gratuitous massage from the individual practicing under the exemption.
        • With these stipulations the Association has taken up a neutral position on the bill.
      • Passed with additional modifaction and clarifications
      • Signed by Governor
    • SB 27 – Reauthorization of Massage Therapy Licensure Act
      • AMTA-Utah Chapter supports the bill. Passage of the bill will keep Massage Therapy Licensure in Utah intact for another ten years, through July 2024.
      • As of Mar 5, 2014 this bill appears to have passed both the House and the Senate and on its way to being law.
      • Passed
      • Signed by Governor
  • Legislative Session 2013
    • HB 351 – AMTA Utah Chapter supports the bill to require continuing education for Massage Therapy license renewal with details defined by DOPL Rules and the Massage Board.
      • This bill is forwarded to House Health and Human Services interim study before the 2014 legislative session
      • This bill was not addressed during the Interim Session due to focus on reauthorization of the Massage Therapy Practice Act.
  • West Valley City, February – March, 2012
    • West Valley City proposed Massage Establishment ordinance change – AMTA Utah Chapter did not support this ordinance change and is hopeful that West Valley City will update the ordinance to be more precise and current with the Massage Therapy profession.
    • March 6, 2012 – [News] West Valley City Council voted to send the proposed language back to city staff to be updated.
  • Legislative Session 2012
    • HB 114 – AMTA Utah Chapter supports the rule change
      • modifies the definition of “practice of massage therapy” to include providing, offering, or advertising a paid service using the term massage or derivative of the word, regardless of whether the service includes physical contact
      • removes the word “recreational” in one sub-section and modifes the other language in that sub-section; re-inserts “therapeutic” in the sub-section from which is was earlier removed.
  • Massage Board January 25, 2012
    • Proposed Massage Therapy Rule – AMTA Utah Chapter supports the rule change
      • clarifies the definition of Massage Therapy removing the term “recreational” and adding, in a different sub-section the term “therapeutic”
      • R156-47b-102. Definitions
        • (8) “Manipulation”, as used in Subsection 58-47b-102(6)(b), means “contact with movement, involving touching the clothed or unclothed body.”
  • Legislative Session 2011
    • HB 243 – AMTA Utah Chapter supports the bill
      • Provides for professional licensing division to impose penalties
      • Adjusts the legal definition of Massage Therapy, removing the word “therapeutic” regarding intent and adding, in a different sub-section, the wording “recreational or other purposes”
      • Related ABMP Editorial/Blog Post
      • Related News Story in SL Tribune
  • Legislative Session 2000
    • SB 132
      • Defines “breast”
      • Adds age requirement for massage therapy license (18)
      • Requires background check, finger prints, etc.
      • further defines parameters for breast massage
      • provides for criminal penalties
  • Legislative Session 1998
    • SB 28
      • Amended scope of practice to include assessment for devising a treatment plan, systematic manual or mechanical manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes, rehabilitative procedures, manual traction, range of movement, hydrotherapy, temperature therapies, counseling, education, and similar activities;  modified exemptions to licensure; deleted “technician” and replaced with “therapist”; added definitions of unlawful conduct and unprofessional conduct.
      • Added license requirement to advertise or accept any consideration for services
      • Added requirement for written consent for breast massage to be obtained before proceeding

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