MASSAGE BOARD MEMBERSHIP.

View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 607 (Public) Filed Thursday, April 4, 2019
AN ACT TO REDUCE THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE MASSAGE AND BODYWORK THERAPY BOARD AND TO INCREASE FEES FOR A LICENSE TO PRACTICE MASSAGE AND BODYWORK THERAPY.
Intro. by McNeill.

Status: Re-ref Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House (House action) (Jun 26 2019)

SOG comments (1):

Long title change

House committee substitute to the 2nd edition changed the long title. Original long title was AN ACT TO EXPAND THE MASSAGE AND BODYWORK THERAPY BOARD TO INCLUDE AN ESTABLISHMENT OWNER.

H 607

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Jun 17 2019 - More information

    House committee substitute to the 3rd edition makes the following changes.

    Amends GS 90-625 by returning the number of members of the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy to its current seven members (was, five members). Decreases by one, bringing the total to four, the number of members who must be massage and bodywork therapists who are licensed and have been in the practice for at least five of the last seven years; removes the Governor's appointee and requires the four to be appointed by the General Assembly with two appointed upon recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and two upon recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Adds that one member must be currently licensed to operate a massage and bodywork therapy establishment, to be appointed by the Governor. Requires that the initial term of office for this new member to be appointed by the Governor, begin on July 1, 2019, and expire on June 30, 2022. Allows the appointee to be a current owner of a massage and bodywork therapy establishment in the event that licenses to operate a massage and bodywork therapy establishment are not yet being issued at the time of the appointment. Makes conforming changes and deletions.


  • Summary date: May 29 2019 - More information

    House committee substitute to the 2nd edition makes the following changes.

    Eliminates the proposed changes to GS 90-625, which increased the membership of the NC Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy (Board) from seven to eight to include a member who is a licensed massage and bodywork therapy establishment operator. Makes conforming deletions of the provisions implementing the previously proposed membership changes. Instead, decreases membership of the Board from seven to five, now providing for three rather than five massage and bodywork therapist members appointed by the Speaker of the House, the President Pro Tem. of the Senate, and the Governor. Implements the membership changes June 30, 2019, providing for the Speaker and President Pro Tem. to designate one of their two appointments, respectively, to continue serving the member's remaining term after that date, while terminating the other members' terms on that date. Effective when the act becomes law (was July 1, 2019).

    Modifies the proposed changes to the fee schedule set forth in GS 90-628. Now sets the maximum fees the Board can impose at: $30 for license application (was, $40); $200 for initial license (was, $300); $150 for license renewal (was, $200); $100 for late renewal penalty (was, $150); and $25 for duplicate license (maintains existing law; previously proposed increase to $50). 

    Eliminates the proposed changes to GS 90-629, concerning requirements for licensure as a massage and bodywork therapist, and GS 90-634.1, which increased the civil penalty from $1,000 to $2,000 for any violation of Article 36 or rules adopted by the Board and authorizing the Board to assess investigative and discipline hearing costs. 

    Makes conforming changes to the act's long title.


  • Summary date: Apr 11 2019 - More information

    House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.

    Makes a technical change to the proposed changes to GS 90-625, increasing the membership of the NC Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy (Board).

    Amends GS 90-628, doubling the maximum fees the Board can impose.

    Amends GS 90-629, concerning requirements for licensure as a massage and bodywork therapist, to now require successful completion of a training program consisting of 650 rather than 500 in-class hours of supervised instruction at a Board-approved school. Effective July 1, 2019, and applies to individuals first licensed on or after that date.

    Amends GS 90-634.1, increasing the civil penalty from $1,000 to $2,000 for any violation of Article 36 or rules adopted by the Board. Now allows the Board to assess investigative and discipline hearing costs against a person found to be in violation of the Article or the Board's rules (was, limited to transcription costs of a disciplinary hearing by the board or the Office of Administrative Hearings).

    Amends the act's effective date provisions to now provide that the act is effective July 1, 2019, and applies to persons first licensed on or after that date. 


  • Summary date: Apr 4 2019 - More information

    Identical to S 311, filed 3/19/19.

    Amends GS 90-625 by increasing the membership of the NC Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy to include a member, appointed by the Governor, who is licensed to operate a massage and bodywork therapy establishment, or a current owner of a massage or bodywork therapy establishment if the Board has not  begun to issue any licenses to operate a massage and bodywork therapy establishment. The term of office begins on July 1, 2019, and expires on June 30, 2022; subsequent appointees serve three-year terms. 


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