Assembly Bill 899

Update: Our Bill did not pass into law this session. We anticipate beginning the process again next session.

How can I help? Please contact Bill Sponsors: Representatives Tittl, Brostoff, Jacque, Quinn, Tusler, Vruwink, and CoSponsor Senator Johnson and thank them for supporting AB899.

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We anticipate scheduling gatherings throughout the state this summer/fall to discuss legislation and local establishment regulations, as well as a Massage Awareness day providing on-site massage in the Capitol rotunda and an Advocacy Day when seeking co-sponsors.

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2017 Assembly Bill 899 can make a positive impact on your practice and the safety of the public.

AB899 Clarifies our scope of practice language. Makes it absolutely clear that as an LMT may:

**  Educate our clients in self-care without worrying about overstepping into "prescribing" just by suggesting potential self-care.

**   Provide stretching. Stretching is not mentioned in current statute, however positioning, assessing are mentioned. This update allows us to practice as we are trained, without "creatively" describing a technique such as a pin-and-stretch as compression at a muscle origin and positioning of the insertion.

**   Provide kinesiology taping. Currently covered in our adjunctive therapies, there is a growing trend in physical therapy in other states to have it reclassified from their adjunctive therapy to primary treatment in a protected scope. By having this specifically named, it protects the practice from being lost to LMTs if this occurs in our state.

**   Provide wraps and scrubs. An LMT may currently provide wraps or scrubs in preparation for massage, but not make claims of beautification or skin health benefits. This update may allow those services to be offered as stand-alone and remove the restriction on speaking of potential benefit without over-stepping into the protected Aesthetics scope of practice.

AB899 creates state level Establishment Regulation, with LMT owned establishments exempt

** Eliminates current patchwork of local establishment regulation. Greatly reduces onerous, burdensome, and expensive barriers to practice.

AB 899 creates penalties for unlicensed practice and hiring of unlicensed practitioners

** Enhances public safety be preventing untrained, unlicensed, uninsured practice.

* * Allows law enforcement to issue penalty for the unauthorized practice of massage therapy or bodywork therapy: fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment for up to 90 days or both.

* * Allows law enforcement to issue a penalty for intentionally employing a non-licensed person to provide massage therapy: fine of up to $10,000 or imprisonment for up to nine months, or both, for a first violation, and a fine of up to $10,000 or imprisonment for up to six years, or both, for a subsequent violation within five years.

Full text of the bill is available at
https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/document/proposaltext/2017/REG/AB899

Bill Sponsors were Representatives Tittl, Brostoff, Jacque, Quinn, Tusler, Vruwink and CoSponsor Senator Johnson
Bill History
is available here.

We had requested a hearing from the Assembly Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform. No hearing was scheduled.

The session ended without passage. We anticipate beginning the process again next session.

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