New Hampshire Deregulation Bill Saves Massage Therapy Schools

New Hampshire Deregulation Bill Saves Massage Therapy Schools

Late last year, New Hampshire law makers introduced a bill to deregulate some of the industries in the state, including cosmetology and massage therapy schools.

The bill failed in the house on Thursday, brining a sigh of relief from massage therapy schools and a number of other technical education institutions in the state.

House Bill 446 was left hanging as the legislators in the state took a break over the holidays, but many professionals and educators were worried about the outcome.

The bill was introduced in 2011 as an effort to deregulate a large part of the technical trade industry in the state. Lawmakers that supported the bill felt that it would create jobs and stimulate a slumping economy.

Under House Bill 446, anyone could open up shop and sell services that were normally reserved for those that had licensing and certification, in addition to professional education in their field. If the bill passed, massage therapists would no longer be required to go to massage therapy school to practice professionally.

The bill would have a wide-impact on many professions: cosmetologists, recreational therapists, family mediators, court reporters, aestheticians, and landscape architects (to name a few) would no longer be required to obtain education and licensing from the state or a state approved school.

People that opposed the bill all along, some of which were massage therapy school staff who would experience a drastic decline in enrollments, said that deregulating their industry only puts the consumer at risk.

In a letter to the editor of The Cabinet, a news publication based out of Amherst, Robert Fishwick said, “We cannot allow the “bad eggs” to come running to our state to practice on our citizens and potentially cause harm or even death.” Fishwick is the Chair of the Respiratory Care Practitioners Governing Board.

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