Agenda Item 5
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative
Bill 9-15, Health and Sanitation - Bodywork Establishment
Bill 9-15, Health and Sanitation - Bodywork Establishment - License, sponsored by the
Council President at the request of the County Executive and Councilmembers Hucker, Katz, and
Rice, was introduced on March 3. A joint Health and Human ServiceslPublic Safety Committee
worksession is tentatively scheduled for March 26 at 9:30 a.m.
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
and in the Legislative Request Report
This packet contains:
Legislative Request Report
Executive Transmittal Memorandum