In a victory for massage professionals, CA Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday vetoed AB 1822, a bill that, if passed, would have mandated the presence of law enforcement members on the state’s massage regulatory board, the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC). The governor called the bill “unnecessary” and wrote the following to the state’s assembly members:

“To the Members of the California State Assembly:
I am returning Assembly Bill 1822 without my signature.
This bill is unnecessary and inappropriately requires specific law enforcement association
appointments to the California Massage Therapy Council. This Council is already working closely with law enforcement professionals across the state to ensure the profession is appropriately screened for past criminal activity before being certified. In addition, there are members of the public, not associated with the massage industry, already appointed to this Council.
For this reason, I cannot sign this bill.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Law-enforcement professionals had advocated for the addition of board members from their field based on their argument that such action would lessen prostitution and human trafficking in the state.

MASSAGE Magazine contacted the CAMTC, which administers a voluntary certification, for comment about the governor’s veto, but calls had not been returned by press time. On Aug. 18, MASSAGE Magazine reported on a letter-writing campaign undertaken by the massage profession in opposition to the bill.

-Karen Menehan, editor in chief

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