The New Jersey Massage and Bodywork Therapist Licensing Act(P.L.2007,c.337/A4455 2R has been passed and will be enacted shortly after being signed by the governor. This law needs to be repealed for the following reasons:
This law deems illegal any person giving a massage to another person. This could be a family member, spouse, or friend. This can be for free or for compensation, clothed or unclothed. Fines can be up to $5000 per massage!
This law takes away the consumer's right to choose their practitioner.
This law takes away the artist's right to free expression.
This law does not prevent prostitution. Prostitution is already illegal under vice-laws. In other states with massage
licensure laws, Licensed Massage Therapists, as well as non-licensed practitioners have been prosecuted for prostitution.
Harm to the public has never been substantiated to have come from non-trained or alternatively-trained practitioners any more than from government-sanctioned trained practitioners.
This law forces enrollment in prohibitively over-priced schools often having nothing to do with what the practitioner provides.
This law merely stops competition of lower priced services, violating anti-monopoly laws.
This law will take away the livelihood of many in an already unstable economy.
Let the citizenry choose the artist of their liking, whether they be highly-trained or naturally talented. If somebody is harmed, licensed or not, the practitioner can already be sued without this law.
I just signed the petition "The Governor Of New Jersey: Repeal The Massage and Bodywork Therapist Licensing Act" and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.
Our goal is to reach 100 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here: