EDANYA (edanya) wrote in massagetherpy,

Police trying to force their way onto the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) board.

The California State Senate is about to vote on AB 1822, a bill sponsored by the California Police Chiefs Association. If AB 1822 becomes law, California’s police chiefs and sheriffs will be forcing their way on the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) board. It is a dangerous precedent.

Police are trying to force their way onto the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) board.
The police chiefs original intention with AB 1822 was to force the reversal of SB731 and give back police departments the unrestricted power to regulate massage therapists. When that effort failed, thanks to the many letters massage professionals like yourself sent to their state legislators in protest, the police chiefs switched tactics and are now are attempting to force themselves onto CAMTC’s Board of Directors with AB1822.

No other California professional board, and no other state massage board in the nation has law enforcement officials as directors.

The CAMTC Board of Directors believes that if AB 1822 if becomes a law, it will:

* destabilize the CAMTC Board and make it harder for the CAMTC to protect the rights of certified massage professionals to practice without undue interference.
* unfairly stigmatize the massage profession in California,
* do nothing to improve public protection.

California State Senators will vote on AB1822 any day now.

Please write and call and email your State Senator and let them know that you would want them to vote NO on AB1822. Please ask your friends and clients to do the same.

Senator Gilbert Cedillo
State Capitol, Room 5100
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4022
Fax: (916) 327-8817
Email: Senator.Cedillo@senate.ca.gov

Attached is a sample letter to use as a starting point for your letter. If you cannot open this attachment, you can download the sample letter at http://search.camtc.org/ab1822.doc, or copy and paste the text included at the end of this email.

Please personalize the letter and ensure your senator understands the impact this legislation could have on you, his/her constituent. And be sure to include your location so s/he knows that you are in that Senate District.

The future course of your professional destiny depends on you taking this action now. Please do not hesitate; contact your legislator today!
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