CSHB 110(L&C): "An Act relating to the Board of Massage Therapists; relating to the practice of massage therapy; relating to massage therapy establishments; relating to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development; and providing for an effective date."
00 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 110(L&C) 01 "An Act relating to the Board of Massage Therapists; relating to the practice of massage 02 therapy; relating to massage therapy establishments; relating to the Department of 03 Commerce, Community, and Economic Development; and providing for an effective 04 date." 05 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 06 * Section 1. AS 08.61.010 is amended to read: 07 Sec. 08.61.010. Board established. The Board of Massage Therapists is 08 established in the department. The board consists of five members appointed by the 09 governor as follows: 10 (1) four licensed massage therapists who have been engaged in the 11 practice of massage therapy in the state for the three years immediately preceding 12 appointment and who shall remain actively engaged in the practice of massage therapy 13 while serving on the board; not more than one member appointed under this paragraph 14 may have an ownership or partnership interest in a massage school; and
01 (2) one public member; the governor may not appoint as a public 02 member 03 (A) a licensed health care provider; 04 (B) an employee of the state; or 05 (C) a current [OR FORMER] member of another occupational 06 licensing board established under AS 08. 07 * Sec. 2. AS 08.61.020 is amended to read: 08 Sec. 08.61.020. Duties and powers of board. In addition to the duties 09 specified in AS 08.01, the board shall 10 (1) provide for the examination of applicants by the board or through a 11 nationally recognized competency examination approved by the board and issue 12 licenses to applicants the board finds qualified; 13 (2) adopt regulations governing 14 (A) licensing of massage therapists; [AND] 15 (B) the practice of massage therapy; and 16 (C) massage therapy establishments; 17 (3) establish standards of professional competence and ethical conduct 18 for massage therapists; 19 (4) establish standards for continuing education for massage therapists; 20 standards adopted by the board under this paragraph must allow for approval of 21 Internet-based continuing education courses; 22 (5) make available to the public a list of massage therapists licensed 23 under this chapter; 24 (6) determine which states have educational and licensing 25 requirements equivalent to the requirements of this state; 26 (7) enforce the provisions of this chapter and adopt and enforce 27 regulations necessary to implement this chapter; and 28 (8) approve one or more nationally recognized competency 29 examinations and publish and periodically update the list of approved examinations. 30 * Sec. 3. AS 08.61.030 is amended to read: 31 Sec. 08.61.030. Qualifications for license. The board shall issue a license to
01 practice massage therapy to a person who 02 (1) applies on a form provided by the department; 03 (2) pays the fees established under AS 08.61.090; 04 (3) furnishes evidence satisfactory to the board that the person has 05 completed a 06 (A) course of study of at least 625  hours of in-class 07 supervised instruction and clinical work from an approved massage school; or 08 (B) board-approved apprenticeship program; 09 (4) is 18 years of age or older; 10 (5) has been fingerprinted and has provided the fees required by the 11 Department of Public Safety under AS 12.62.160 for criminal justice information and 12 a national criminal history record check; the fingerprints and fees shall be forwarded 13 to the Department of Public Safety to obtain a report of criminal justice information 14 under AS 12.62 and a national criminal history record check under AS 12.62.400; 15 (6) has a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification; 16 (7) has received at least two [FOUR] hours of safety education 17 covering bloodborne pathogens and universal precautions in the two years preceding 18 the application for the license; in this paragraph, "bloodborne pathogens" has the 19 meaning given in AS 18.15.450; 20 (8) has successfully completed a nationally recognized competency 21 examination approved by the board; and 22 (9) has not been convicted of, or pled guilty or no contest to, a crime 23 involving moral turpitude, or who has been convicted of, or pled guilty or no contest 24 to, a crime involving moral turpitude if the board finds that the conviction does not 25 affect the person's ability to practice competently and safely. 26 * Sec. 4. AS 08.61.050 is amended to read: 27 Sec. 08.61.050. Standards for license renewal. The board shall renew a 28 license issued under this chapter to a licensee who 29 (1) pays the required fee; 30 (2) meets the continuing education requirements established by the 31 board;
01 (3) has not been convicted of, or pled guilty or no contest to, a crime 02 involving moral turpitude, or has been convicted of, or pled guilty to or no contest to, 03 a crime involving moral turpitude if the board finds that the conviction does not affect 04 the person's ability to practice competently and safely; 05 (4) has a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification; and 06 (5) has been fingerprinted and has provided the fees required by the 07 Department of Public Safety under AS 12.62.160 for criminal justice information and 08 a national criminal history record check at least once every six years; the fingerprints 09 and fees shall be forwarded to the Department of Public Safety to obtain a report of 10 criminal justice information under AS 12.62 and a national criminal history record 11 check under AS 12.62.400. 12 * Sec. 5. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 13 read: 14 TRANSITION: REGULATIONS. The Department of Commerce, Community, and 15 Economic Development and the Board of Massage Therapists may adopt regulations 16 necessary to implement the changes made by this Act. The regulations take effect under 17 AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act), but not before the effective date of the law 18 implemented by the regulation. 19 * Sec. 6. Sections 4 and 5 of this Act take effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c). 20 * Sec. 7. Except as provided in sec. 6 of this Act, this Act takes effect July 1, 2019.