STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2810

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 2878

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2020

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 2878 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MASSAGE THERAPY,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to

 

(1) Authorize the Board of Massage Therapy to prescribe sanitary rules for massage therapy establishments;

 

(2) Repeal the petty misdemeanor penalty for those who practice massage or maintain a massage therapy establishment without a license; and

 

(3) Increase the minimum and maximum fines for those who violate any law relating to the licensing of massage therapists.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Board of Massage Therapy and American Massage Therapy Association Hawaii Chapter.

 

Your Committee finds that the Hawaii Administrative Rules that governed sanitation requirements for massage establishments were repealed in October 2018. The repeal resulted in existing massage establishments not being subject to any form of sanitation rules. Your Committee further finds that without any form of sanitary requirement established in law, massage establishments will continue operating under self‑imposed sanitary requirements. The Board of Massage Therapy is knowledgeable about best sanitary practices and your Committee believes the Board is better qualified than the Department of Health to adopt rules and regulations regarding sanitation requirements. This measure will ensure the safety of the public by granting rulemaking authority to, and clarifying enforcement powers of, the Board of Massage Therapy, and clarify certain penalties relating to the licensing of massage therapists.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2878 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 Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health,

 

 

 

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ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair