HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2020
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO MASSAGE THERAPY.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 452-18, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§452-18 Sanitary rule. The [
department of health] board
shall prescribe [ such] sanitary rules as it deems necessary,
with [ particular] reference to the precautions necessary to be employed
to prevent the creating and spreading of infectious and contagious
SECTION 2. Section 452-19, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
(a) Any person who practices massage or maintains
a massage therapy establishment, or acts in any capacity wherein a license is
required by this chapter, without a license provided for in this chapter, shall
be guilty of a petty misdemeanor. (b)] Any owner, operator, manager, or licensee in
charge of or in control of a massage therapy establishment who knowingly
employs a person who is not licensed as a massage therapist or who has not
received a permit as a massage therapist apprentice as provided in this
chapter, or who allows an unlicensed person to perform, operate, or practice massage
is guilty of a misdemeanor."
SECTION 3. Section 452-24, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:
"(b) Any person who violates any of the provisions
of this chapter or the rules adopted pursuant thereto shall be fined not less
$100] $250 nor more than [ $1,000] $2,000 for
SECTION 4. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2020.
Massage Therapy; Massage Therapy Establishments; Rulemaking Authority; Fines
Requires the Board of Massage Therapy to adopt and enforce sanitation rules for massage establishments. Repeals existing statutory language that classifies unlicensed activity as a petty misdemeanor in favor of existing statutes that treat unlicensed activity as a misdemeanor. Increases the minimum fine from $100 to $250 and the maximum fine from $1,000 to $2,000 for each violation of the massage therapy laws. (SD1)
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