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Stop SB 2621 Protect the right to Natural Healing Therapies in Massachusetts

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Please oppose this legislation and vote no on SB 2621

Senate Bill 2621 aims to require licensing to practice all forms of “bodywork” under the control and direction of a board predominantly populated by massage therapists, members of a competing industry.

This bill is being presented as a solution to Human Trafficking and Prostitution, but is in fact an attempt by one industry to impose regulation over another. This legislation places control of the non-licensed industry described as “bodyworkers” under the direct control of the massage industry.

SB 2621 (formerly 2599) will affect all of the diverse bodywork practitioners and energy healers in Massachusetts. Thousands of practitioners from a wide array of disciplines such as Reiki, Healing Touch, Qi Gong, Trager practitioners and many more, are exempt from massage licensure under current law, but this bill attempts to set up an entirely new licensing process for all types of healers and bodywork vocations with vague exceptions. This will unnecessarily effect thousands of independent practitioners throughout the state.

Detrimental aspects of this bill

  • This bill uses occupational licensing laws to attempt to solve a criminal law enforcement issue - these subjects are completely separate and should not be lumped together;
  • This bill threatens the public’s ability to access the natural health practitioners of their choice; and
  • This bill seeks to license all bodyworkers and to use rule making to remove the diverse domains covered by the bill from the public domain without a constitutional basis of harm for doing so!
  • There are extensive existing laws covering Human Trafficking and Prostitution. This action is unnecessary to protect the safety of the public from the practitioners as defined.
  • It creates an unnecessary and burdensome level of compliance for Natural Healing Practitioners.
  • Ultimately this bill provides a barrier to the public to access non-traditional healthcare practitioners of their choosing.

 

Please protect the public’s right to access healthcare without stifling bureaucracy.

Please oppose this legislation and vote no on SB 2621

Thank you!

 



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