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SB 364 Proposed amendments to the Georgia Massage Therapy
Practice Act affects reinstatement of sex offenders
2/10/2010

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 24A of Title 43 of the Official Code of
Georgia Annotated, relating to massage therapy practice, so as to provide that, upon
conviction for a sexual offense, a person's massage therapist license shall be
suspended for certain time periods; to provide for reinstatement under certain
circumstances; to increase penalties for violations;
to provide for local regulation in
addition to state regulation
; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date
and applicability; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Among the proposed changes:

Section 1 (d)
Any person, upon being convicted a first time for a violation of this Code section, shall
be guilty of and shall be punished as for a misdemeanor. Upon being convicted a
second time under this Code section, such person shall be guilty of and shall be
punished as for a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. Upon being
convicted of a third or subsequent violation of this Code section, such person shall be
guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor
more than five years, a fine not to exceed $25,000.00, or both."

Section 2
(b) After notice and hearing, the license of any person licensed under this chapter who
is found guilty or enters a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to a violation of Chapter 6 of
Title 16 shall be suspended for not less than one nor more than two years on the first
occurrence, not less than two nor more than five years on the second occurrence, and
permanently on the third occurrence.
(c) A person whose license is suspended under subsection (b) of this Code section
for a first or second occurrence may apply for reinstatement after the suspension
period set by the board and pay a reinstatement fee of $1,000.00 in addition to any and
all other fees that may be required."

Section 3(b)
Persons licensed under this chapter shall be subject to regulation by counties or
municipalities with regard to the operation of massage or massage therapy
businesses within the jurisdiction of such counties or municipalities, the licensing of
such businesses, and issues regarding health, safety, and protection of the public in
connection with such businesses."

(NOTE:  I spoke to Sen. Unterman regarding this section and she said that some
municipalities were having trouble with illegitimate practitioners.  They complained that
the language in the original bill was vague.  The purpose of this section is to give
municipalities the power to stiffen the regulations so they can help protect our
profession.  When I mentioned that some municipalities were writing regulations that
also made it difficult or impossible for legitimate practitioners to practice, she said
those with problems also need to come forward to testify.  More later.)

Section 4(c) increases makes the third violation a felony and
increases the fines to not less than $25,000.00.

Sponsored By

* (1)
Staton,Cecil 18th
* (2) Unterman,Renee 45th
* (3) Murphy,Jack 27th
* (4) Brown,Robert 26th
* (5) Douglas,John 17th
* (6) Chance,Ronnie 16th

SOURCE:  http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/search/sb364.htm

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The Georgia Board of Massage Therapy has written a new rule requiring all licensed
massage therapists to post their license number in all advertising beginning after the
next renewal in 2011.  Does anyone know if all licensed professions are required to do
the same?

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Laurie Craig and Rick Grabowski, both former educators at the Atlanta School of
Massage have founded the Georgia Massage School.  The school offers a 500 hour
program on a half day schedule to accommodate the busy adult learner.  Classes
begin June 29th.  It is unclear from the website what the focus of the school will be.
www.georgiamassageschool.com


Online Georgia Massage Therapy License Renewal Available
Now!

  • You must first log in to renew.
  • Your log in number is your license number.
  • Your password is your social security number.
  • Renewal should be available sometime in August 2010.
  • Renewal Deadline:  October 31, 2010

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