On June 16 MASSAGE Magazine reported on legislation that would regulate massage therapists in the state of Pennsylvania. On June 18 Scott Dugan, chair of the American Massage Therapy Association-Pennsylvania Chapter’s government relations committee, provided this statement regarding the legislation:

“For the first time in PA history a bill to license massage therapists may get to a vote some time in next month.  All previous attempts at licensure have died in the House Professional Licensure Committee.  The bill would license massage therapists but does not include bodyworkers (those that manipulate the energy systems of the body).  PA physical therapists and chiropractors now support the bill and its current language.

“It has been a very long road (six years for me personally).  Although countless therapists have volunteered their time and money to get us to this point, the majority of the credit should go to AMTA-PA President Nancy Porambo.  Licensing has been her baby for over five years now and she has put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to get us here.

“We have overwhelming support from [massage therapists] in PA.  We are looking forward to having a basic standard of education and exclusive rights to the term massage therapist!  There is still some work to be done, but we are confident the bill will pass.”