Government Relations Committee
The bill was withdrawn on Feb 25, 2019.
After much discussion with the lobbyists about his discussions with legislators over their opposition to the bill it was decided to withdraw the bill and go back into research mode. The lobbyists will continue to do research for us as to the Board of Alternative and Complimentary Health Care
Minutes from meetings:
Here is a link to our bill so you can follow the progress.
http:// www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp? ld=330&PID=1456&snum=129
Our bill has been assigned to the following committee: Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance & Financial Services (HCIFS). We are asking that everyone reach out to the committee members and ask them to vote yes on our bill. Here is a link to the HCIFS committee members http:// legislature.maine.gov/committee/#Committees/HCIFS You will also find on this page “Mailing List.” Clicking on this link will allow you to subscribe to the committee to receive email updates.
Now that the bill is on the path to legislation, we need your help. We need volunteers to attend the upcoming committee hearings and people to contact their local legislators and senators.
We can provide you with an email template requesting them to vote yes. Please reach out to us so we can get you what you need Tarnya Constantino firstname.lastname@example.org, Wendy Decker email@example.com.
Know your representative and senator. To find yours, go to https://legislature.maine.gov/senate/find-your-state-senator/9392, and http://legislature.maine.gov/house/house/MemberProfiles/ListAlpha
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- If you wish to speak to a member of the staff, you may call the Office of the Clerk at 207-287-1400 or the Office of the Secretary of the Senate at 207-287-1540.
Helpful papers to support LD 330:
The wording in the new bill is:
AN ACT TO DEFINE LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPISTS
AS HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. 32 MRSA §14301, sub-§3, as amended by PL 1997, c.681, §1, is further amended to read:
- 3. Massage therapist or massage practitioner. “Massage therapist” or “massage practitioner” means a person who is a health care practitioner and who provides or offers to provide massage therapy for a fee, monetary or otherwise.
S.ec. 2. 32 MRSA §14301, sub-§4, as amended by PL 1991, c.548, Part E, is further amended to read:
- 4. Massage therapy. “Massage therapy” means a health care practice that utilizes scientific or skillful manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic or remedial purposes, specifically for improving muscle tone and circulation and promoting health and physical well-being. The term includes, but is not limited to, manual and mechanical procedures for the purpose of treating soft tissue only, the use of supplementary aids such as rubbing alcohol, liniments, oils, antiseptics, powders, herbal preparations, creams or lotions, procedures such as oil rubs, salt glows and hot or cold packs or other similar procedures or preparations commonly used in this practice. This term specifically excludes manipulation of the spine or articulations and excludes sexual contact as defined in Title 17-A, section 251, subsection 1, paragraph D.
Sec. 3. 32 MRSA §14306-C, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 1997, c.681, §7, is amended to read:
- 1. License required. Beginning on the effective date of this section, a person may not, unless specifically exempted by this chapter, claim to be a massage therapist or a massage practitioner or claim to provide any procedure that includes any of the following words: “massage,” “bodywork,” “body therapy,” “manual therapy,” “neuromuscular therapy,” “touch therapy” or “myotherapy,” or words derived therefrom, unless licensed in accordance with this chapter.
This bill defines a “massage therapist” or “massage practitioner” as a health care practitioner and defines “massage therapy” as a health care practice. It prohibits unlicensed persons from claiming to provide procedures that include “massage,” “bodywork,” “body therapy,” “manual therapy,” :neuromuscular therapy,” “touch therapy,” or “myotherapy,” or words derived therefrom.
It is very important to renew your license on a timely basis. It can be costly and time consuming to let it lapse. Here is the link:
If you have forgotten when your license needs to be renewed go to:
search for your name, then click on the result and the system will show you your renewal date.
For information relating to employer employee issues contact the
Maine Department of Labor:
45 Commerce Drive, Augusta, Maine
PO Box 259, Augusta, ME 04330