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  S.B. No. 483
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the regulation of massage therapy.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 51.355, Occupations Code, is amended by
  adding Subsections (a-1) and (a-2) to read as follows:
         (a-1)  Subsection (a) does not apply to a person whose
  license was revoked under Section 455.251(b)(1).
         (a-2)  This subsection and Subsection (a-1) expire September
  1, 2025.
         SECTION 2.  Section 455.152, Occupations Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 455.152.  INELIGIBILITY FOR LICENSE. A person is not
  eligible for a license as a massage establishment, massage school,
  massage therapist, or massage therapy instructor if the person is
  an individual and has been convicted of, entered a plea of nolo
  contendere or guilty to, or received deferred adjudication for:
               (1)  an offense under Chapter 20A, Penal Code, or
  Section 43.021, 43.03, 43.031, 43.04, 43.041, or 43.05 [Subchapter
  A, Chapter 43], Penal Code; [,] or
               (2)  an offense under federal law or the laws of another
  state containing elements that are substantially similar to the
  elements of an offense described by Subdivision (1) [another sexual
  offense].
         SECTION 3.  The heading to Section 455.251, Occupations
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 455.251.  GROUNDS FOR LICENSE DENIAL, [OR] DISCIPLINARY
  ACTION, OR ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY.
         SECTION 4.  Sections 455.251(a) and (b), Occupations Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The commission or executive director may refuse to issue
  a license to a person, [and shall] suspend, revoke, or refuse to
  renew the license of a person, or impose an administrative penalty
  under Subchapter F, Chapter 51, on [shall reprimand] a person
  licensed under this chapter if the person:
               (1)  obtains or attempts to obtain a license by fraud,
  misrepresentation, or concealment of material facts;
               (2)  sells, barters, or offers to sell or barter a
  license;
               (3)  violates a rule adopted by the commission under
  this chapter;
               (4)  engages in unprofessional conduct as defined by
  commission rule that endangers or is likely to endanger the health,
  welfare, or safety of the public;
               (5)  violates an order or ordinance adopted by a
  political subdivision under Chapter 243, Local Government Code; or
               (6)  violates this chapter.
         (b)  The commission or executive director shall revoke the
  license of a person licensed as a massage therapist or massage
  therapy instructor if:
               (1)  the person is convicted of, enters a plea of nolo
  contendere or guilty to, or receives deferred adjudication for:
                     (A)  an offense under Chapter 20A, Penal Code, or
  Section 43.021, 43.03, 43.031, 43.04, 43.041, or 43.05, Penal Code
  [involving prostitution or another sexual offense]; or
                     (B)  an offense under federal law or the laws of
  another state containing elements that are substantially similar to
  the elements of an offense described by Paragraph (A); or
               (2)  the commission or executive director determines
  the person has practiced or administered massage therapy at or for a
  sexually oriented business.
         SECTION 5.  As soon as practicable after the effective date
  of this Act, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation shall
  adopt rules necessary to implement Sections 455.152 and 455.251,
  Occupations Code, as amended by this Act.
         SECTION 6.  Section 51.355(a-1), Occupations Code, as added
  by this Act, applies only with respect to a license revoked under
  Section 455.251(b)(1), Occupations Code, as that section existed
  immediately before the effective date of this Act.
         SECTION 7.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2023.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 483 passed the Senate on
  April 12, 2023, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendment on May 1, 2023, by the
  following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 483 passed the House, with
  amendment, on April 26, 2023, by the following vote: Yeas 148,
  Nays 0, one present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor