A bill that would have repealed massage therapy licensure in South Dakota is not moving forward, thanks to a compromise between massage therapists and supporters on both sides of the bill.

“Due to [the] licensure application process and perceived functions of the board, frustration had surfaced among the therapists in the state,” noted the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan newspaper, in an article published today. “Two groups emerged, one supporting licensure others wanting to do away with the licensure.”

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) had weighed in on the side supporting licensure.

“AMTA has expressed strong support for the South Dakota Massage Therapy Practice Act,” AMTA Communications Manager Ron Precht told a MASSAGE Magazine reporter. “Nationally, through our chapter and their lobbyist, we are continuing to communicate the necessity of a practice act to legislators and are working to establish language that would preserve South Dakota massage therapists’ right to practice.”

According to the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan article, the bill had originated in the House and was then amended on the floor to reinstate licensure. “When the bill came over to the Senate, the request was made for the two groups to sit down and work out a compromise that would result in maintaining licensure,” the article noted. “The groups put forth a compromise that was passed by the committee and sent to the floor.”

Details of the compromise were not available as of MASSAGE Magazine‘s press time, but the magazine will continue to publish updates on this situation.

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