Massage Therapy Schools in Idaho Get a Boost from Law

Massage therapy schools are great for anyone who intends to become a professional massage therapist, but not all states require that therapists go to school and then become licensed. There are relatively few states left that don’t, however, and Idaho is the latest state to sure-up the industry and provide some regulation:

BOISE – Idaho will join 43 other states and start licensing massage therapists, after Sen. Jim Hammond‘s bill was signed into law last week by Gov. Butch Otter.

Therapists will have 18 months to become licensed; currently, anyone can claim to be a massage therapist and charge for the service, including criminals.

“Everybody giggles about massage therapy, but really it has become a mainstream therapy for healing and for maintaining good health,” said Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene. He said people taking a relative or family member for massage therapy – which now often is prescribed for everyone from people recovering from medical procedures to the elderly or disabled – “want somebody of high moral character … who’s well-trained.”

The maximum annual licensing fees would be $200.

Most North Idaho lawmakers supported the new licensing law, which massage therapists have sought for years; just two in the Senate, Sens. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, and Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, and five in the House opposed it.

Among the House opponents was Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, who told the House, “The more restrictions we have, the less jobs we have.”

Misgivings, but law

Gov. Butch Otter didn’t sign HB 376, legislation designed to relieve Pennsylvania-based Crown Holdings from liability for millions in old asbestos claims, but he allowed it to become law without his signature. In a letter explaining his decision, Otter wrote, “I am concerned about the retroactive nature of this proposed solution and its public policy applicability beyond the case at hand.

“HB 376 sets the troubling precedent of reaching back to the 1970s to address liability exposure with only a tenuous connection to Idaho,”

(Read more at The Spokesman Review.)

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