2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
January 29, 2004 - Introduced by Representatives Underheim, Hahn, Jeskewitz,
Gielow, Musser, Miller and Albers. Referred to Committee on Health.
1An Act to repeal
20.485 (5) (h); to repeal and recreate
460.05 (3); to create
20.165 (1) (km) of the statutes; and to affect 2001 Wisconsin Act 74
, section 23 3
(5); relating to: the certification of massage therapists and bodyworkers and
4making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, both the Department of Regulation and Licensing (DRL)
and the Educational Approval Board (EAB) make determinations regarding a
person's eligibility for certification as a massage therapist or bodyworker. The EAB's
duties are limited to certain persons who are not required to satisfy the examination
and education requirements that other applicants must satisfy. Current law allows
such a person to be certified if the EAB determines that the person has education,
training, and experience that are substantially equivalent to the education that
other applicants must satisfy.
This bill transfers the EAB's duties described above to DRL. As a result, under
the bill, DRL makes determinations for all persons who apply for certification as a
massage therapist or bodyworker.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB779, s. 1
20.165 (1) (km) of the statutes is created to read:
(km) Transitional certifications of massage therapists and
All moneys transferred under 2003 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), section 4
) for the department to make determinations regarding massage therapist and 5
bodyworker certification under 2003 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), section 5 (2) (b
After April 1, 2005, the department shall grant a certificate as a 11
massage therapist or bodyworker to a person who satisfies the requirements 12
specified in sub. (1) (a) to (d), (g), and (h) and who includes with the application 13
specified in sub. (1) (c) all of the following:
(a) Evidence satisfactory to the department that, during the 2-year period after 15
March 1, 2003, the person was actively engaged in the practice of massage therapy 16
(b) An attestation that the person only recently became aware of the 18
requirements of this chapter.
In this Section
(a) "Board" means the educational approval board.
(b) "Department" means the department of regulation and licensing.
Transfer of transitional duties.
(a) Any application received by the board under 2001 Wisconsin Act 74
, section 223
(5) (a) that is pending with the board on the effective date of this paragraph is 3
transferred to the department and all materials submitted to or actions taken by the 4
board with respect to the pending application are considered as having been 5
submitted to or taken by the department.
(b) Notwithstanding section 460.05 (1) of the statutes, the department shall 7
issue a certificate as a massage therapist or bodyworker to a person whose 8
application is transferred to the department under paragraph (a), or a person who 9
submits to the department, no later than April 1, 2005, an application on a form 10
provided by the department that describes the person's education, training, and 11
experience in the practice of massage therapy or bodywork, if the person satisfies the 12
requirements specified in section 460.05 (1) (a) to (d), (g), and (h) of the statutes and 13
the department determines that the person's education, training, and experience in 14
the practice of massage therapy or bodywork are substantially equivalent to the 15
education required under section 460.05 (1) (e) of the statutes.
The unencumbered balance of the appropriation to the department of 18
veterans affairs under section 20.485 (5) (h) of the statutes immediately before the 19
effective date of this subsection is transferred to the appropriation account under 20
section 20.165 (1) (km) of the statutes, as created by this act.