Agenda Item 7B
April 14, 2015
April 10, 2015
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 9-15, Health and Sanitation - Bodywork Establishment - License
Health and Human Services CommitteelPublic Safety Committee recommendation (6-0):
approve the Bill with amendments.
Bill 9-15, Health and Sanitation - Bodywork Establishment - License, sponsored by the
Council President at the request ofthe County Executive and Councilmembers Hucker, Katz, Rice,
and Navarro was introduced on March
A public hearing was held on March 17 and a joint
Health and Human Services CommitteelPublic Safety Committee worksession was held on March
Bill 9-15 would define bodywork as the practice of using one's hands to apply pressure on
an individual's fully clothed body or bare feet to affect the electromagnetic energy, energetic field,
or energy meridians of the human body. Bodywork includes the practice of reflexology or
acupressure. The Bill would require a license to operate a bodywork establishment in the County.
The Department of Health and Human Services would issue the license to operate a bodywork
establishment and the Police Department would be authorized to enforce the law.
Many establishments have emerged in the County as fronts for human trafficking while
advertising themselves as performing reflexology, acupressure, or other similar practices that do
not fit the State definition ofmassage. The intent ofBill 9-15 is to permit legitimate establishments
that practice bodywork to continue while preventing illegal human trafficking operations from
operating in the County under the pretext of practicing bodywork. The Executive explained the
purpose of the Bill in his transmittal memorandum at © 13 and in the Legislative Request Report