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Massage therapists may have to get fingerprinted

A Senate bill that would require fingerprinting and background checks of the state’s massage therapists has cleared its last review panel and is headed to the chamber floor.

The bill (SB 1068) was OK’d Tuesday by the Appropriations committee.

If passed, massage therapists and massage business owners and managers would have to submit to background screening as a requirement of getting or renewing a license.

If the check turns up a conviction for certain crimes, including prostitution and other sex offenses, the application or license renewal will be denied.

A companion measure (HB 1065) is scheduled to be heard in the House later this week.