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As we begin a new year together, AMTA remains committed to supporting you in every way we can, including working to help champion and maintain fair licensing laws for massage therapists in your state.
South Carolina Legislative Update We want you to know that the South Carolina State Legislature has introduced House Bill 3561/Senate Bill 227 which would modernize the state’s massage therapy practice act to meet professional industry standards.
This legislation would increase the initial education requirement from 500 hours to 650 hours, which mirrors professional industry standards and adds an establishment license, allowing inspections for all massage businesses.
This step will hold each business accountable for their practices while ensuring additional public safety, and avoiding local restrictions that could be detrimental.
In addition, this legislation would permit the Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation (LLR) to perform pre-licensing inspections, as well as random inspections, on massage therapy establishment locations. All complaints will be investigated in accordance with state law.
The AMTA Government Relations Team is working diligently to educate legislators on the importance of these changes.
We will keep you up to date as we continue to advocate for all massage therapists in South Carolina, and we encourage you to reach out to our team with any questions at email@example.com.
Our Government Relations Team also remains engaged with federal, state and local officials on laws, executive orders, regulations and guidelines that are impacting massage therapists during the pandemic. You can visit our COVID-19 page for the most recent updates in your state.
We value the community we've built together, and will continue to support you and the massage profession every step of the way.