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LB16 CALL TO ACTION

Our third - and hopefully final - call to action of the 2023 legislative session.

This bill would allow anyone licensed, credentialed, apprenticed, or worked long enough without

licensure (in another state without licensure requirements) as a massage therapist to practice in Nebraska - regardless of training or lack thereof. You can read it here. You can learn more details about the bill here.


LB16 is the third iteration of the same bill we have been fighting for 3 years now. Last year we were able to filibuster on the floor, but that is not an option this year with a filibuster proof legislature.


What can you do about it?


The hearing is Thursday Feb 8 so need this done ASAP. Feel free to call after hours to leave a message and fill their voicemail.

  1. Call and email the senators of the Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee (details below)

    1. Use the sample below but know it makes a bigger impact if you personalize it a bit, not just copy paste.

  2. Call and email Sen. Briese who introduced the bill (info below)

  3. Submit official written testimony (can be same letter as your email) here before NOON Wednesday Feb 8, 2023. It is pretty self explanatory, but here is step by step instructions.

    1. Follow this link and click “submit comments online for LB16

    2. Click I understand

    3. “Include Comment in Hearing Record YES”

    4. Fill out your information (use find your senator link above to find your district)

    5. Representing “SELF”

    6. Stance “OPPONENT”

    7. Copy paste your written statement

    8. Submit

    9. It sends you a confirmation email. You must click the confirmation link from the email to finalize the process.


***PHONE CALL SCRIPT***


Hello Sen. ________


My name is ____________, I am a massage therapist in __(your town_) and I am calling in opposition to LB16 requiring occupational boards to issue certain credentials. This bill creates dangerous loopholes in licensing of massage therapists in Nebraska. Massage therapy, unlike many other healthcare professions, has a wide variation in education, ranging from 0 hours to Nebraska’s 1000 hours. This creates a wide discrepancy in competence and professionalism from state to state.

Nebraska has judicious reciprocity in place for massage therapy already - including temporary one year licensure for military spouses. Please do not put the public or profession at risk by dismantling the system put in place to keep us safe. Please exempt massage therapy from LB16.


Thank you for your time and consideration

Your Name

Your Town


***EMAIL****


To the Committee of Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs,


My name is ____, I am a massage therapist in __(your town)__. I am opposed to LB16 requiring occupational boards to issue certain credentials.


Unlike many professions, massage therapy is very different from state to state - 0-1000 hours of education needed, some areas require passage of a national board exam while others only require the purchase of a business license to practice. Nebraska massage therapists have 1000 hours entry level education, pass a national exam, have 16h continuing education every licensure cycle, and are healthcare professionals.


(Short personal story here. Examples: why you chose Nebraska to go to school, your reciprocity story, why you value your education, why you feel Nebraska’s licensure rules are valuable to the public and profession)


Nebraska already has a very judicious reciprocity in place for massage therapy licensure, that was update in 2021 to make it a more streamlined process. Also in 2021, military spouses became eligible for a one year temporary license, making it very easy for them to work in the state.


Our statutes and regulations, and education have protected the public since the 1950’s with updates throughout the years to keep up with research and acceptance of massage therapy. Not only do these keep our professionals on the leading edge of massage therapy, but protects the public from bad actors trying to use our profession as a front for illicit activities. This bill would blow a giant hole in the protective net of our state licensure.


LB16 designs dangerous loopholes in licensing of Nebraska massage therapists, creating discrepancy in competence and professionalism. It also dismantles Nebraska’s systems of protection against bad actors trying to use our profession as a front. LB16, as is, would be detriment to the safety of the Nebraska public. Please exempt massage therapy from LB16.


Thank you for your time and consideration

Your Name, Title

Your Address


 

Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee Contact Info

Sen. Tom Brewer, Chairperson

District 43

(402) 471-2628

tbrewer@leg.ne.gov

Sen. Raymond Aguilar

District 35

(402) 471-2627

raguilar@leg.ne.gov

Sen. Danielle Conrad

District 46

(402) 471-2720

dconrad@leg.ne.gov

Sen. Steve Halloran

District 33

(402) 471-2712

shalloran@leg.ne.gov

Sen. Megan Hunt

District 8

(402) 471-2722

mhunt@leg.ne.gov

Sen. John Lowe

District 37

(402) 471-2726

jlowe@leg.ne.gov

Sen. Jane Raybould

District 28

(402) 471-2633

jraybould@leg.ne.gov

Sen. Rita Sanders

District 45

(402) 471-2615

rsanders@leg.ne.gov

Introducing Senator (not on committee)

Sen. Tom Briese

District 41

(402) 471-2631

tbriese@leg.ne.gov



More information about the bill and our opposition:

This bill would allow anyone licensed, credentialed, apprenticed, or worked long enough without licensure (in another state without licensure requirements) as a massage therapist to practice in Nebraska .You can read it here.


As you know, massage therapy is very different from state to state - 0-1000 hours of education needed, some areas require passage of a national board exam while others allow the purchase of a business license to practice.


Nebraska Massage Therapy is a 1000 hour entry level licensure, and ALL Nebraska Licensed Massage Therapists are healthcare professionals. This is not the case in many states.

  • Educational hours range from 0 -1000 hours of entry level education throughout the country

  • Four states have absolutely no requirements to become a massage therapist - including Kansas and Wyoming.

  • Some states like Minnesota and California do not have requirements but some of their cities and counties do. Sometimes the requirement is simply a business license; other times minimal education is needed. The profession varies widely throughout these states.

  • Other states like Maryland, have multiple levels of massage licensure - the lower entry level requirements do not allow massage practitioners to work in healthcare settings.

Nebraska has already accounted for this discrepancy by having a judicious reciprocity process that was updated in 2021 to further ease the process. Reciprocity information is found in

LB16 designs dangerous loopholes in licensing of Nebraska massage therapists, creating discrepancy in competence and professionalism. It also dismantles Nebraska’s systems of protection against bad actors trying to use our profession as a front.




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