STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1102-16


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2016


RE:   S.B. No. 2863

      S.D. 2





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2016

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 2863, S.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to improve the regulation of massage therapy establishments, massage therapists, and massage therapist apprentices.


     More specifically, this measure:


     (1)  Authorizes the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to issue a citation to any person who holds a massage therapist or massage therapy establishment license issued by the Board of Massage Therapy, or is designated the principal massage therapist by the massage therapy establishment, for any of the following violations of chapter 452, Hawaii Revised Statutes, or pertinent administrative rules:


          (A)  Failure to conspicuously display a current massage therapy establishment license and the current licenses and permits of all employees of the establishment who engage in the practice of massage therapy;


          (B)  Failure to ensure a massage therapist apprentice wears a conspicuously placed name tag stating the apprentice's name and the word "apprentice";


          (C)  Operating a massage therapy establishment without a licensed principal massage therapist in attendance at all times; or


          (D)  Failure to include a massage therapist's or massage therapy establishment's current license number in any advertisement pursuant to section 452-23(b), Hawaii Revised Statutes;


     (2)  Defines "principal massage therapist" as a massage therapist designated by an establishment or an out-call massage service as the person in charge;


     (3)  Establishes a format and procedure for serving citations;


     (4)  Provides that a citation may contain an order of abatement and assessment of a fine in the amount of $250 for each violation; and


     (5)  Establishes a process for a licensee to contest a citation.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Regulated Industries Complaints Office of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the Board of Massage Therapy.


     Your Committee finds that this measure will enable the Regulated Industries Complaints Office of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to more expeditiously take appropriate enforcement actions regarding Board of Massage Therapy licensees and to concentrate limited resources on other enforcement actions regarding more serious violations.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2863, S.D. 2, and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,