Please Read and Take Action Regarding Legislation (HB 4340)
Update on HB4340 (as of 2/17/18):THANK YOU Illinois Massage Therapists for your calls, witness slips, and letters in regards to HB4340. Especially on such short notice.
However, It’s not over yet, the bill did not get called in committee and was postponed until the week of Feb. 26th. This gives us time to continue our efforts to oppose the bill as is.
The calls make the biggest impact as they hear your reason to oppose the bill directly. Keep them coming. Calls to your representatives can be made anytime next week. As they are back in their own district the week of the 19th.
Once the new date for the meeting is posted, we will send out another call to action for witness slips to be resubmitted.
The number to your representatives can be found here: www.ilga.gov
HB4340 details can be found here:
AMTA-IL Chapter Government Relations Team.
AMTA Members of Illinois: as your Government Relations Committee Chair and a member of the massage community, please read and take action regarding legislation (HB 4340). This proposed bill affects our profession and requires our action to oppose it.
The proposed bill requires Massage Therapy practices (or as they call it “Massage Parlors”) to post a notice on whom to contact when one suspects human trafficking. Not only will this notice confuse and confound the clientele of the establishment, it will not curtail the human trafficking problem when posted in practices that employ licensed, law abiding massage therapists. In addition, Massage Therapy is being singled out as the only licensed profession mentioned in this bill.
This bill is scheduled to be heard in the House Human Services Committee on Tuesday afternoon (2/13/18). The best course of action you could take to assist in combating this legislation is to call your representative and appeal to them to oppose this bill.
How to submit a witness slip is attached and your legislator with contact information can be found at www.ilga.gov under “Legislator Look-up”. The full text of the bill can also be found there.
Senate Bill 9: Can this bill affect your massage practice? Take action so it doesn’t.
delegate_alternate_application_17 Step 1: Visit illinoispolicy.org to find your senator. (From drop down menu choose contact your Rep under Take Action)
Step 2: Choose Illinois Senate and type in your address.
Step 3: Call or email the Representative listed and use the talking points below.
“I am ___________ calling on behalf of over 3800 AMTA members and 11,500 licensed massage therapist in the state of Illinois to respectfully request that LMT’s be exempted from the taxable services, defined as a personal care service in Senate Bill 9.”
Point 1: Massage Therapy is the only licensed healthcare profession which is included in the bill as a taxable personal care service.
Point 2: NO other profession covered by the Medical Practice Act is included in this Bill.
Point 3: To designate one healthcare profession as a taxable personal care service over another would be considered unfair and discriminatory against that profession.
Point 4: To include Massage Therapy in a “personal care service” category rather than a “medical/healthcare” category would completely defy the intent of the Massage Therapy Practice Act as well as a Medical Practice Act, which clearly articulates this is a healthcare profession.
Point 5: Massage therapist who operate independently are being discriminated against in this bill, as massage therapist who are employed by physicians are chiropractors are exempt in this amendment.
Point 6: The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ employment report for March 2016 indicate the job growth in healthcare, including massage therapy, average of 37,000 jobs per month over the 12 month period from March 2015 to March 2016.