State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2013
This bill has been extensively amended (hoghoused) and may no longer be consistent
with the original intention of the sponsor.
SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
ENGROSSED NO. HB 1126 - 02/25/2013
Introduced by: Representatives Hoffman, Cronin, Erickson, Feickert, Feinstein, Haggar
(Don), Hansen, Hickey, May, Nelson, and Sly and Senators Tidemann,
Heineman (Phyllis), and Kirkeby
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to revise the massage therapy licensing requirements.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That § 36-35-8 be amended to read as follows:
36-35-8. Any person engaged in the practice of massage in this state shall conspicuously
display a valid license
or certified duplicate license
from the board in the person's place of
Section 2. That § 36-35-9 be amended to read as follows:
36-35-9. Any fees
and civil penalties
collected under this chapter shall be used for the
operation of the board and the implementation of this chapter.
Section 3. That § 36-35-10 be amended to read as follows:
36-35-10. Any person who engages in the practice of massage or holds himself or herself
out to the public as engaged in the practice of massage without a license pursuant to this chapter
is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor
and upon conviction the court shall assess a civil penalty of
one thousand dollars payable to the board. The
state or the board may file a civil action to enjoin
any person engaging in the practice of massage without a license.
Section 4. That § 36-35-11 be repealed.
36-35-11. Any person who advertises services to the public as a massage therapist,
bodywork therapist, masseur, masseuse, massagist, or any derivation or abbreviation of those
terms or any other term commonly recognized to mean the practice of massage therapy while
not licensed under this chapter is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Upon conviction the court
shall assess a civil penalty of one thousand dollars payable to the board. The state or the board
may file a civil action to enjoin any person from violating this section.
Section 5. That § 36-35-12 be amended to read as follows:
36-35-12. The board
may shall issue a license to engage in the practice of massage to any
person who submits an application form and the nonrefundable application fee as approved in
§ 36-35-17 and who demonstrates the following qualifications:
(1) Eighteen years of age or older;
Good moral character;
(3) High school diploma or equivalent;
(4)(3) Completion of no less than five hundred hours of training or study in the practice of
massage with a facility or instructor recognized by the board;
(5)(4) Absence of unprofessional conduct;
(6)(5) Professional liability insurance coverage with limits at or above an amount set by the
board pursuant to section 15 of this Act; and
(7)(6) Passing score on an examination administered by a national certification board a
nationally recognized competency examination approved by the board in rules
promulgated pursuant to chapter 1-26.
A license issued under this chapter is valid for a period of one year from the date it was
issued and automatically expires unless it is renewed. The board may refuse to grant a license
to any person based on failure to demonstrate the requirements of this section. An applicant may
appeal the denial of a license in compliance with chapter 1-26.
Section 6. That chapter 36-35 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
Upon application and payment of a fee not to exceed seventy-five dollars, the board may
issue a temporary permit to practice as a licensed massage therapist to an applicant who has met
the requirements of subdivision 36-35-12(1) to (5), inclusive, pending completion and results
of the examination required pursuant to subdivision 36-35-12(6). A temporary license may be
issued no more than twice and is effective for a term of not more than one hundred eighty days.
A temporary license expires on the occurrence of the following:
(1) Issuance of a regular license;
(2) Failure to pass the licensing examination; or
(3) Expiration of the term for which the temporary license was issued.
Section 7. That chapter 36-35 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
The board shall automatically issue a license with an expiration date of September 30, 2014,
to any massage therapist licensed in South Dakota before July 1, 2013.
Section 8. That chapter 36-35 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
Unless automatically issued pursuant to this section, a license issued under this chapter is
valid until September thirtieth following the date it is issued and automatically expires unless
it is renewed.
Section 9. That § 36-35-13 be amended to read as follows:
36-35-13. For the purposes of this chapter, any of the following acts constitute
(1) Conviction of any felony, any crime involving or relating to the practice of massage,
or any crime involving dishonesty or moral turpitude;
Abuse of or addiction to alcohol, marijuana, or any controlled substance;
(3) Providing the board false or misleading information on any application for a license
or renewal of a license;
(4)(3) Willful misconduct or negligence in the practice of massage;
(5) Prescribing or administering controlled substances, narcotics, barbiturates, or other
potentially habit forming substances unless done through separate licensure under
(6)(4) Exceeding the scope of practice of massage as defined in § 36-35-1;
(7)(5) Engaging in any lewd or immoral conduct;
(8)(6) Making excessive or fraudulent charges for services;
(9)(7) Engaging in conduct which endangers the health or welfare of clients or other
Failure to comply with any provision of this chapter.
Section 10. That § 36-35-15 be amended to read as follows:
36-35-15.Any person holding a valid license or registration
to practice massage from another
state whose requirements for licensure or registration
are not less restrictive than this state is
required to take the exempted from the requirement for any
examination for licensure by § 36-35-12
. Any person applying for a license under this section shall submit an application as
required by § 36-35-12 along with proof of a current license.
This section applies only to
persons holding licenses from states which offer reciprocity to persons licensed by this state.
Section 11. That § 36-35-16 be amended to read as follows:
36-35-16.Any person holding a valid license under this chapter may renew that license by
paying the required renewal fee and providing proof of compliance with the continuing
education requirements set by the board
at least thirty days prior to the expiration of the current
license. Any person who submits a license renewal less than thirty days prior to the expiration
of the license but no later than the expiration date shall submit a seventy-five dollar late fee. If
the board has not received a license renewal by the expiration date, the board shall notify the
licensee within five days that the renewal has not been received and that the licensee may not
practice until the license is renewed. Any person who submits a license renewal and provides
proof of compliance with the continuing education requirements set by the board within thirty
days after the expiration date shall submit a one hundred fifty dollar late fee. Any person whose
license has lapsed shall reapply for a license be granted a license renewal.
Section 12. That § 36-35-18 be amended to read as follows:
Any person holding a valid license under this chapter may obtain a certified
duplicate license by submitting a fee to be set by the board by rule promulgated pursuant to
chapter 1-26, not to exceed twenty-five dollars for each certified duplicate. The board may issue
a duplicate license to a licensee upon request.
Section 13. That § 36-35-19 be amended to read as follows:
36-35-19.Any person licensed under this chapter shall complete eight hours of continuing
education relating to competence in the practice of massage on a biennial basis of a type and
from a facility or instructor approved by the board.
No more than four of the The required
continuing education hours may be obtained by electronic means. The board may waive the
continuing education requirement upon proof of illness or hardship.
Section 14. That § 36-35-20 be amended to read as follows:
36-35-20.The board shall receive and may investigate any complaint filed with the board
alleging that any licensed massage therapist has violated the requirements of this chapter.
board may inspect the place of business of any person with a license issued pursuant to this
chapter named in a complaint pursuant to this section
during normal business hours or upon
Section 15. That § 36-35-21 be amended to read as follows:
36-35-21.Any person holding a valid license under this chapter and engaged in the practice
of massage therapy shall carry malpractice or
professional liability insurance coverage with a
company with a certificate of authority from the South Dakota Division of Insurance
at or in excess of the minimum amount established by the board of no less than two hundred
fifty thousand dollars per occurrence. A licensee shall notify the board of any change of carrier
occurring after a license or renewal is granted.
Section 16. That § 36-35-24 be amended to read as follows:
36-35-24.The board may promulgate rules pursuant to chapter 1-26 in the following areas:
(1) The form and information required for any license application;
(2) A list of recognized facilities or instructors who may provide training or instruction
required for licensure or continuing education requirements;
(3) The amount of license fees;
(4) The procedures for conducting disciplinary proceedings;
minimum limits of malpractice insurance to be carried by any person licensed
under this chapter; and procedures for conducting complaint investigations;
(6) The procedures for applying for an inactive license and the procedures to regain
active licensure; and
(7) Approval of national competency examinations.
Section 17. That ARSD 20:76:02:02 be amended to read as follows:
20:76:02:02. License fee schedule. The license fee schedule is as follows:
Li cense fee, $65 Temporary permit fee, $50
(2) Annual license renewal fee,
(3) Inactive license fee,
(4) Application fee,
Section 18. That ARSD 20:76:08:01 be amended to read as follows:
20:76:08:01. Recognized facilities. The board may license an applicant who has completed
the training required by § 20:76:01:06 from the following South Dakota facilities
until July 1,
2014, at which time the facility shall be accredited pursuant to § 20:76:08:02
(1) Black Hills Health & Education Center;
(2) Headlines Academy;
(3) National American University;
(4) Pam's Massage School;
(5) SD School of Massage Therapy;
(6) Sioux Falls Therapeutic Massage & Education Center; and
(7) Springs Bath House School of Massage.