Massage therapists; qualifications, license. (HB1121)

Introduced By

Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield) with support from co-patron Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Massage therapists; qualifications; license. Provides that an applicant who completed a massage therapy educational program in a foreign country may apply for licensure as a massage therapist upon submission of evidence that the applicant (i) is at least 18 years old, (ii) has successfully completed a massage therapy educational program that is comparable to a massage therapy educational program required for licensure by the Board, (iii) has passed a Board-approved English language proficiency examination, and (iv) has not committed any acts or omissions that would be grounds for disciplinary action or denial of licensure. The Board of Nursing shall issue a license to an applicant who completed his massage therapy educational program in a foreign country upon submission of evidence of completion of the English-language version of the Licensing Examination of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards or a comparable examination. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101580D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2020Assigned HWI sub: Health Professions
01/15/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1121)
01/23/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/23/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
01/28/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/28/2020Committee substitute printed 20106435D-H1
01/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1121H1)
01/30/2020Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/31/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 2-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Courts of Justice (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106435D-H1
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1121H1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (93-Y 5-N 1-A)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (93-Y 5-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/17/2020Assigned Education sub: Health
02/20/2020Reported from Education and Health (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Passed by for the day
02/25/2020Read third time
02/25/2020Defeated by Senate (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Chair votes N0
02/25/2020Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Passed by for the day
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1121ER)
03/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1121ER)
03/03/2020Signed by Speaker
03/04/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/06/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 727 (effective 7/1/20)
04/06/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0727)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 35 seconds.