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Letter: Abolish the Board of Massage

  • Author: Dan Russell
    | Opinion
  • Updated: September 12, 2019
  • Published September 12, 2019

The only justification for imposition of a board of regulation is if there is a clear and imminent danger to the public without it, because having it removes from people the right to run their businesses as they see fit.

Imposition of a Board of Massage was an unconstitutional affront to our freedom. Did you ever hear of a person seriously injured from a massage? Since its imposition in 2015, a license in Anchorage went from two weeks to as much as two years to be issued and from $100 to more than $1,000 when all the new hoops are included, such as required national exams, CPR, fingerprints, continuing education, etc. Prostitution under cover of massage has since skyrocketed, because it cannot be policed from Juneau, as they are without money to enforce it.

Please, ask your state representatives and Gov. Mike Dunleavy to abolish the Board of Massage Therapists and associated statutes, and return control of massage to local governments, as they see fit.

— Dan Russell


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