An expert in the area of massage legislation is now the director of government relations for the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), the federation announced Feb. 2.

Sally Hacking, R.N. has significant expertise in government relations and legislative strategic planning, formerly serving as national American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) legislative consultant, advising certification boards, AMTA state chapters and private industry, according to an FSMTB press release. Her consulting work promoting fair practice standards in both state and local government has involved legislators, state and local governing agencies, the business sector and practitioners across the nation, the release added.

The FSMTB created a widely used state licensing exam for massage therapists, the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination.

“Hacking’s desire is and always has been to work for the betterment of the profession,” FSMTB Executive Director Debra Persinger, Ph.D., said in a press release. “The goals of the federation coupled with the provision of a state owned and operated licensing examination—the MBLEx—provide the perfect avenue for Hacking to continue her 21 years of unsurpassed experience with integrity and transparency to serve the regulatory community and work for fair and appropriate regulation for the profession.”