Massage Therapy Advisory Board Meeting

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Massage Therapy Advisory Board Meeting
Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1:00 PM
via videoconference


This meeting will take place via videoconference and will be broadcast on TDLR’s YouTube channel. The meeting agenda and materials are available on the department’s webpage at If you need materials in an alternate format, contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation at least five working days before the meeting date. Phone: (512) 463-6599, E-MAIL:, TDD/RELAY TEXAS: 1-800-relay-VV (for voice), 1-800-relay-TX (for TDD).

Watch the meeting on TDLR's YouTube channel at –

  1. Call to order
  2. Roll Call, Certification of Quorum and Introductions
  3. Approval of Minutes – Meeting of October 29, 2020
  4. Public Comment
    Any person wishing to address the Board must submit an Email by following the Public Comment Instructions found on the last page of the agenda or located at Emails must be submitted to the Board liaison at by 12:00 PM, January, 20, 2021. TDLR office will not be open for public comment.
  5. Staff Reports – Briefing from Staff and Discussion:
    1. Licensing Division
      1. Personnel Updates
      2. Statistics
      3. Overview on Emergency License Initiative
    2. Customer Service Division
      1. Statistics
    3. Education and Examination Division
      1. Personnel Updates
      2. Current Projects
      3. COVID 19 Updates
      4. Implementation of PALMS
    4. Enforcement Division
      1. Personnel Updates
      2. Statistics
      3. Case Highlights
    5. Regulatory Program Management Division
      1. Personnel Updates
      2. Current Projects
      3. Outreach
    6. Field Inspections Division
      1. Personnel Updates
      2. Statistics
      3. COVID-19 Response
    7. Executive Office
      1. COVID-19 Response Update
      2. Sunset Review Update
      3. Communication Outreach Statistics
  6. Discussion and possible recommendation on the proposed amendments to existing rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 117, §§117.20, 117.24, 117.30, 117.31, 117.64, 117.82, 117.90, 117.91, and 117.92; and proposed new rule at §117.35 regarding the Massage Therapy program. The proposed rules implement House Bill 2059, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019), which requires completion of a human trafficking course. The propose rules also address continuing education, procedures related to breast massage of a female client, and make additional clean up and clarification changes. This agenda item includes discussion of the public comments received on the proposed rules.
  7. Recommendations for agenda items for next Board meeting
  8. Discussion of date, time, and location of next Board meeting
  9. Adjournment

The Massage Therapy Advisory Board will accept public comment for the January 21, 2021 meeting. 

Written comments must be submitted to by no later than 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January, 20, 2021. Comments will be provided to the Board members for their review prior to the meeting but will not be read aloud during the public meeting. 

If you wish to address the Board during the public meeting, please provide your contact information to by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. The day before the meeting, you will receive an email with a link/phone number to join the meeting. You will be given no more than three (3) minutes to speak. The presiding officer may reduce the time provided for public comments based on the number of requests received. Ensure that you have a reliable connection and clear audio. 

**Please email your public comment request to **


12:00 PM, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2021

Email request for Public Comment must include:

  • Agenda Item or Specific Topic
  • Name
  • Telephone number
  • Please indicate whom you are representing. Ex: attorney, yourself or other

Failure to provide the information requested directly above could result in your comment being delayed or taken out of order.