Current as of: 2010
(a) A Massage Therapy Organization, as defined in
subdivision (e) of Section 4600, shall be created and shall have the
responsibilities and duties set forth in this chapter. The
organization may take any reasonable actions to carry out the
responsibilities and duties set forth in this chapter, including, but
not limited to, hiring staff and entering into contracts.
(b) (1) The organization shall be governed by a board of directors
made up of two representatives selected by each professional
society, association, or other entity, whose membership is comprised
of massage therapists and that chooses to participate in the
organization. To qualify, a professional society, association, or
other entity shall have a dues-paying membership in California of at
least 1,000 individuals for the last three years, and shall have
bylaws that require its members to comply with a code of ethics. The
board of directors shall also include each of the following persons:
(A) One member selected by each statewide association of private
postsecondary schools incorporated on or before January 1, 2010,
whose member schools have together had at least 1,000 graduates in
each of the previous three years from massage therapy programs
meeting the approval standards set forth in subdivision (a) of
Section 4600, except from those qualifying associations that choose
not to exercise this right of selection.
(B) One member selected by the League of California Cities, unless
that entity chooses not to exercise this right of selection.
(C) One member selected by the California State Association of
Counties, unless that entity chooses not to exercise this right of
(D) One member selected by the Director of Consumer Affairs,
unless that entity chooses not to exercise this right of selection.
(E) One member appointed by the California Community College
Chancellor's Office, unless that entity chooses not to exercise this
right of selection. The person appointed, if any, shall not be part
of any massage therapy certificate or degree program.
The organization's bylaws shall establish a process for appointing
other professional directors as determined by the board.
(2) The initial board of directors shall establish the
organization, initiate the request for tax-exempt status from the
Internal Revenue Service, and solicit input from the massage
community concerning the operations of the organization. The initial
board of directors, in its discretion, may immediately undertake to
issue the certificates authorized by this chapter after adopting the
necessary bylaws or other rules, or may establish by adoption of
bylaws the permanent governing structure prior to issuing
(c) The board of directors shall establish fees reasonably related
to the cost of providing services and carrying out its ongoing
responsibilities and duties. Initial and renewal fees shall be
established by the board of directors annually.
(d) The meetings of the organization shall be subject to the rules
of the Bagley-Keene Open Meetings Act (Article 9 (commencing with
Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the
California Laws: Massage