SB-180 Killed for now, based upon a Technicality.
This battle is won, but the War is still happening!
We will keep you updated and informed.
Dear AMTA-UT members:
Thank you to all that showed up at the Capitol today to voice your opposition to SB 180. If you weren’t able to come out today, don’t despair, we still need your help!
SB 180 has passed the Senate and has been transmitted to the House. Now more than ever, we need our members to reach out to their State Representatives. With only a few days left of the legislative session, calling or appearing in person is the most effective. The attached list has the phone numbers of the interns for each House Representative. We ask that you call and ask for a few minutes of your Representative’s time. The interns should be able to assist you in scheduling a time to talk to them and express your concerns with this damaging legislation.
Here are a few concerns regarding SB-180:
Supervision (not clearly defined)
(Message Assistant have none)
Scope of Practice (Very little difference between what an LMT can do & a CMA/MA can do with little to no education)
(Mblex has a 500 hour minimum to be able to test. So, no test requirement?)
Safety of the Public/LMT (Contraindications, Insurance coverage, etc.
If you don’t know who your Representative is, you can look up that information here: https://le.utah.gov/GIS/findDistrict.jsp
If you want to make your opinion known in person, your AMTA-UT board members, volunteers, and lobbyists will be at the Capitol all day tomorrow, March 1st 2022 from 10 am-1pm,
2 pm -4 pm, 6 pm – 8 pm.
We will be there with handouts, talking points, and guidance as we pull House Representatives off the floor for meetings. You can email Heber Blackner firstname.lastname@example.org or Christine Hoober email@example.com for additional instruction and meeting locations.
Now is the time for us to do all we can to uphold the Standards and Professionalism that so many have worked tireless hours to establish. Your AMTA Local Chapter and National AMTA are committed to protecting these standards!
Thank You again, to all who have help fight against this bill.
From: GR Info <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2022 9:43 AM
To: Christine Hoober <email@example.com>
Subject: Urgent: Protect the Standards of Massage Therapy in Utah!
Call to Action Utah SB 180, a bill to create a second tier of licensure as a “Certified Massage Practitioner” with educational requirements at 150 hours or below passed through committee this week and
Call to Action
Utah SB 180, a bill to create a second tier of licensure as a “Certified Massage Practitioner” with educational requirements at 150 hours or below passed through committee this week and has moved back to the Senate floor.
This potential “CMP” would be practicing under the same scope of practice as a Utah Licensed Massage Therapist, under supervision of an LMT, Physician, Osteopath, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, or Physical Therapist. This is concerning, as these specific health care professionals, while qualified in their own scopes of practice, would not be suited to safely supervise an individual with less than the accepted bare minimum of entry level education.
As an issue of public safety, licensure provides assurance to the public by setting minimal qualifications and competencies for safe entry-level practitioners. Massage licensure creates accountability to clients and ensures education and training standards in order to provide protection for both the public and the industry, setting us apart from those elements who seek to corrupt the good name of massage.
We urge you to call or email your state legislators to oppose SB 180 and preserve your ability to practice as a recognized professional.
Thank you for your support of massage therapy!
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