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Notice of proposed changes relating to licensure requirements, education requirements, license renewal, continuing education requirements, and application submissions in the regulations of the Board of Massage Therapists

Brief Description:  The Board of Massage Therapists proposes to update various regulations regarding licensure requirements, school education or curriculum requirements, renewal, continuing education requirements, and staleness date period for application submissions.

The Board of Massage Therapists (Board) proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 12, Chapter 79 of the Alaska Administrative Code including the following:

  1. 12 AAC 79.100. Application for licensure by examination, is proposed to be changed to amend the license by examination requirements to practice massage therapy.

  2. 12 AAC 79.110. Application for licensure by credentials, is proposed to be changed to require that verification of credentials be sent directly from the appropriate agency to the division office.

  3. 12 AAC 79.140. Massage school education requirements, is a proposed new section that establishes the criteria for massage school education or curriculum requirements.

  4. 12 AAC 79.200. License renewal, is proposed to be changed to amend the requirements for submitting fingerprint information for renewal of a massage therapy license to at least once every six years.

  5. 12 AAC 79.210. Continuing education requirements, is proposed to be changed to amend the continuing education requirements for renewal of a massage therapy license.

  6. 12 AAC 79.920. Application form and verification for licensure, is a proposed new section that sets a staleness date period for application submissions.

You may comment on the proposed regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes, by submitting written comments to Jun Maiquis, Regulations Specialist, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, P.O. Box 110806, Juneau, AK  99811-0806. Additionally, the Board will accept comments by facsimile at (907) 465-2974 and by electronic mail at RegulationsAndPublicComment@alaska.gov. Comments may also be submitted through the Alaska Online Public Notice System by accessing this notice on the system at http://notice.alaska.gov/191995, and using the comment link. The comments must be received not later than 5:00 p.m. on December 3, 2018. Comments received after this deadline will not be considered by the Board.

You may submit written questions relevant to the proposed action to Jun Maiquis, Regulations Specialist, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, P.O. Box 110806, Juneau, AK  99811-0806 or by e-mail at RegulationsAndPublicComment@alaska.gov. The questions must be received at least 10 days before the end of the public comment period. The Board will aggregate its response to substantially similar questions and make the questions and responses available on the Alaska Online Public Notice System and on the Board’s website at https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofMassageTherapists.aspx. The Board may, but is not required to, answer written questions received after the 10-day cut-off date and before the end of the comment period.

If you are a person with a disability who needs a special accommodation in order to participate in this process, please contact Jun Maiquis at (907) 465-2537 or RegulationsAndPublicComment@alaska.gov not later than November 26, 2018 to ensure that any necessary accommodation can be provided.

A copy of the proposed regulation changes is available on the Alaska Online Public Notice System and by contacting Jun Maiquis at (907) 465-2537 or RegulationsAndPublicComment@alaska.gov, or go to https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/MAS-1118.pdf.

A copy of the material proposed for adoption by reference may be viewed at the Board’s office at the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, State Office Building, 333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor, Juneau, AK.

After the public comment period ends, the Board will either adopt the proposed regulation changes or other provisions dealing with the same subject, without further notice, or decide to take no action. The language of the final regulation may be different from that of the proposed regulation. You should comment during the time allowed if your interests could be affected. Written comments and questions received are public records and are subject to public inspection.

Statutory Authority:  AS 08.61.020; AS 08.61.030; AS 08.61.040; AS 08.61.050; AS 08.61.090; AS 08.61.100
Statutes Being Implemented, Interpreted, or Made Specific:  AS 08.61.020; AS 08.61.030; AS 08.61.040; AS 08.61.050; AS 08.61.090; AS 08.61.100

Fiscal Information: The proposed regulation changes are not expected to require an increased appropriation.

DATE: 11/2/18
Jun Maiquis, Regulations Specialist                                                                                                          Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing

For each occupation regulated under the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, the Division keeps a list of individuals or organizations who are interested in the regulations of that occupation.  The Division automatically sends a Notice of Proposed Regulations to the parties on the appropriate list each time there is a proposed change in an occupation's regulations in Title 12 of the Alaska Administrative Code.  If you would like your address added to or removed from such a list, send your request to the Division at the address above, giving your name, either your e-mail address or mailing address (as you prefer for receiving notices), and the occupational area in which you are interested.


ADDITIONAL REGULATION NOTICE INFORMATION
(AS 44.62.190(d))

1.   Adopting agency:  Board of Massage Therapists – Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing.

2.   General subject of regulation:  Licensure requirements, massage school education requirements, renewal, continuing education requirements, and application submissions.

3.   Citation of regulation: 
12 AAC 79.100, 12 AAC 79.110, 12 AAC 79.140, 12 AAC 79.200, 12 AAC 79.210, and 12 AAC 79.920.

4.   Department of Law file number: 
To be assigned.

5.   Reason for the proposed action: 

Compliance with current state statute; update and clarification of current regulations; implement amendments to AS 08.61 enacted under Sections 3 and 4, Chapter 10, SLA 2018 (HB 110).

6.   Appropriation/Allocation:  Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing – #2360.

7.   Estimated annual cost to comply with the proposed action to:
     
A private person:  Reduction of fingerprint processing fee of $120 for two biennial renewal cycle.   
      Another state agency:  None known.
      A municipality:  None known.

8.   Cost of implementation to the state agency and available funding (in thousands of dollars): 
No costs are expected in FY 2019 or in subsequent years.

9.   The name of the contact person for the regulation:
     
Dawn Dulebohn, Licensing Examiner
      Board of Massage Therapists
      Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
      Telephone: (907) 465-3811
      E-mail: dawn.dulebohn@alaska.gov

10.   The origin of the proposed action: 
Board of Massage Therapists.

11.   Date: 11/2/18
        Prepared by: 
Jun Maiquis
                             Regulations Specialist
                             (907) 465-2537


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Department: Commerce, Community and Economic Development
Category: Regulations
Sub-Category: Notice of Proposed Regulations
Location(s): Statewide
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Publish Date: 11/2/2018
Archive Date: 12/4/2018
 
Events/Deadlines:
  • Comments Deadline
    12/3/2018 5:00pm