REGULATIONS: Amendments to COMAR 10.43.01 et seq (Chiropractic & Massage Regulations)
The Board of Chiropractic & Massage Therapy Examiners Regulations Subcommittee has been engaged in a review project regarding its chiropractic and massage regulations. During the 2014 Legislative Session, the Maryland Legislature passed House Bill 401. This Bill was passed to combat the proliferation of applicants with criminal backgrounds in jurisdictions outside of Maryland. Until the passage of this Bill, the Board did not have access to the national Criminal Justice Information System Central Repository (a.k.a. “CJIS”). This Bill will now enable the Board to obtain all criminal background information for all applicants in U.S. and foreign jurisdictions. Significantly, this Bill mandates comprehensive criminal background checks for all NEW applicants for licensure and registration. In addition HB1157 was passed by the MD Legislature and signed into law by the Governor; it is effective on October 1, 2014. This was not a Board initiated Bill. The Board preferred and supported through its testimony the elimination of the two-tier system of Licensees (LMTs) and Registrants (RMPs). HB1157 effects the educational requirements for both LMTs and RMPs. The Subcommittee has arrived at an initial draft. This draft will be reviewed by the Board at the July 10th General Session Meeting.
NOTE: An Open Meeting regarding the aforementioned is scheduled for 9:00 am on July 10th before the General Session Meeting commences.