At the April 2, 2019 City Commission legislative meeting, commissioners approved the first reading of an ordinance licensing massage therapy establishments and massage therapists in Manhattan city limits. Kansas is one of two states in the country that does not license massage therapy at the state level, so many cities in Kansas have adopted similar regulations.
In the fall of 2018 the City Commission directed city staff to draft the ordinance and have public meetings with massage therapy practitioners in the community to gain feedback and consensus on the ordinance. The Commission and Riley County Attorney wanted to pursue this because the lack of regulation across the state and county has lead to illicit activity, including human sex trafficking and sexual assault. Furthermore, massage therapists in the community have voiced there support for licensing as a way to legitimize their profession due to inaction at the state level.
Effective August 1, 2019, the ordinance will require establishments and individual therapists to obtain a biennial license and meet operational, education and other requirements. To understand the full implications of the ordinance, visit our website. The City Commission will consider final approval of the ordinance during their April 16 legislative meeting at 7 pm in City Hall.