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Legislative Update

October 9, 2005 -- Things are beginning to heat up around the issue of licensure! The grass roots effort this summer by both the AMTA and PaBTA members have created a lot of momentum. First, our bill in the House of Representatives is House Bill 1643. The prime sponsor is Representative Keith McCall. There are 66 co-sponsors of the bill. We need as many people as possible to ask their Representative to support the bill and ask the Chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee, Representative Thomas P. Gannon, to bring our bill up for a vote by the Committee.

Second, state Senator Constance Williams is circulating a co-sponsorship memorandum to introduce companion legislation to House Bill No. 1643 in the Senate. Once Senator Constance Williams introduces the bill, it will be identical to HB1643–except it will get a Senate Bill number.

The AMTA is going to make calls and write letters to all fifty (50) Senators to ask them to co-sponsor Constance Williams’ DRAFT legislation. I would ask PaBTA members to do the same. We also need people to call their own State Senator to ask them to co-sponsor her proposed massage therapy licensure bill. This should happen as soon as possible because we think she wants to introduce her bill before the Rally on October 26, 2005.

We are having a Rally in the Capitol Rotunda at 9am on October 26, 2005. Please encourage people to come and show their support for licensure.

If anyone does not know who their State Senator or House of Representatives member is, see our legislation page under services and enter your zip code in appropriate field on that page.

Hope to see you on October 26, 2005,


Bill Maguire



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