Legislature(2013 - 2014)

03/31/2014 04:31 PM L&C


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          HB 328-BOARD/LICENSING OF MASSAGE THERAPISTS                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:32:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR OLSON announced  that the first order of  business would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL  NO. 328,  "An Act establishing  the Board  of Massage                                                               
Therapists; relating to the licensing  of massage therapists; and                                                               
providing for an effective date."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BENJAMIN  NAGEAK, Alaska State  Legislature, asked                                                               
members to  pass HB 328.   He explained that a  massage therapist                                                               
brought the concept of  this bill to him and has  asked for a few                                                               
changes to the bill, which are included in an amendment.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:33:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR OLSON  explained the committee previously  held hearings on                                                               
HB 328 on 3/10/14 and 3/28/2014.   During the meeting on 3/28/14,                                                               
the committee adopted  Amendment 1, labeled "N.2"  and closed out                                                               
public testimony.   The bill  was held  over to allow  members to                                                               
consider another amendment "N.1" [not yet before the committee].                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:33:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD made  a motion  to adopt  Amendment [2],                                                               
labeled 28-LS1431\N.1, Martin, 3/21/14, which read as follows:                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 24:                                                                                                           
          Delete "board"                                                                                                        
          Insert "department"                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 27, following "a":                                                                                            
          Insert "(A)"                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 28, following "school":                                                                                       
          Insert "or; (B) board-approved apprenticeship                                                                         
     program"                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Page 4, line 18:                                                                                                           
          Delete "board"                                                                                                        
          Insert "department"                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Page 7, following line 31:                                                                                                 
          Insert a new paragraph to read:                                                                                       
               "(11)  person who has graduated from a                                                                           
        program or is a current recognized member of the                                                                        
     International Association of Structural Integrators;"                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following paragraphs accordingly.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Page 8, line 1, following "only":                                                                                          
          Insert "light"                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 8, lines 3 - 4:                                                                                                       
          Delete ", including the Feldenkrais method of                                                                         
       somatic education, the Trager approach to movement                                                                       
     education, and body-mind centering"                                                                                        
          Insert "or to affect the energy systems"                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Page 8, lines 5 - 8:                                                                                                       
          Delete all material.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following paragraphs accordingly.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Page 8, following line 21:                                                                                                 
          Insert a new paragraph to read:                                                                                       
               "(3)  "department" means the Department of                                                                       
     Commerce, Community, and Economic Development;"                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following paragraphs accordingly.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Page 11, line 1:                                                                                                           
          Delete "AS 08.61.030(1) - (6) and (9)"                                                                                
          Insert "AS 08.61.030(1), (2), (4) - (6), and (9)"                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR OLSON objected for the purpose of discussion.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:34:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY  SCHLOSSER, Staff,  Representative  Benjamin Nageak,  Alaska                                                               
State Legislature,  explained that  Amendment 1 makes  some minor                                                               
changes.   First, it would  add language to the  requirements for                                                               
education,  [which  recognizes  a  board-approved  apprenticeship                                                               
program] in  exchange for the  500 hours required  for licensure.                                                               
On page  3, line 24, and  page 4, line 18,  the amendment changes                                                               
"board"  to  "department"  to allow  the  department  to  process                                                               
applications.    On page  8,  lines  1-8, the  language  combines                                                               
exemptions 11-12 to  define a category of  exempted practices not                                                               
naming each modality.   On page 11, line 1,  it removes paragraph                                                               
(3), with  the intent of allowing  the 500 hours of  education to                                                               
be  waived   during  the  transition  to   allow  these  physical                                                               
therapists to be grandfathered in for licensure.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR OLSON removed his objection to Amendment 2.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:36:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE REINBOLD moved to  adopt Conceptual Amendment 1 to                                                               
Amendment [2]  "N.1."  On page  1, lines 15-20, [Amendment  2] to                                                               
delete all material.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:36:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. SCHLOSSER explained that Conceptual  Amendment 1 would remove                                                               
duplicate  language   previously  adopted  [in  Amendment   1  on                                                               
3/28/14].                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR OLSON  removed his objection  to Conceptual Amendment  1 to                                                               
Amendment 2.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
[The committee  treated it as  though he had  previously objected                                                               
to Conceptual Amendment 1 for the purpose of discussion.]                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
There  being  no further  objection,  Conceptual  Amendment 1  to                                                               
Amendment 2 was adopted.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
[The committee treated Amendment 2 as adopted.]                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:37:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE REINBOLD moved  to report HB 328,  as amended, out                                                               
of   committee   with    individual   recommendations   and   the                                                               
accompanying fiscal  notes.  There  being no objection,  the CSHB
328(L&C) was  reported from the  House Labor &  Commerce Standing                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                

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