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Sunday, August 19, 2018   (2 Comments)
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GR Update by Susan Sherman, LMT, ART

Elections. As you know, we’re right in the middle of the 2018 election cycle. The August 7th primary is over, and Washington State is definitely trending towards Democrats. At the state legislative level, there are predictions that there could be an additional 15+ D’s in the House, and three or four new D’s in the Senate. This would give the Democrats their largest majorities in quite some time. While voter turnout for primary elections is notoriously low, this year it was a whopping 40%, so the Democratic trend is expected to hold.

And at the national level, while Senator Cantwell won a majority of the vote in a race that saw 29 candidates, while other sitting federal folks are going to have more of a challenge retaining their seats. In particular, Congresswomen Herrera Beutler in District 3 and McMorris Rodgers in District 5 face tough challengers. In addition, the race to replace current Congressman David Reichert is a toss-up.

While it’s not uncommon for the party not in the White House to makes gain in the off-year elections, this shift seems particularly dramatic. Primary election results can be found at www.sos.wa.gov.

What AMTA-WA is working on:

  • AMTA-WA continues its work on various rules being considered for review and revision by the Board of Massage. If you would like to see what the Board is working on, click here.

  • With increased costs related to unlicensed practice, we expect that the Department of Health will request permission to increase massage licensure fees in 2019. We are just in the beginning stages of collecting more detailed information, and we will provide that information when it is available.

  • AMTA-WA is included in discussions with Medicaid about alternatives to opioids. And a special mention concerning AMTA’s recently released document titled “Massage Therapy in Integrative Care and Pain Management.” This excellent document will be very helpful in efforts to assure that massage is considered as an alternative to opioids.

2019 Legislative Session: The 2019 legislative session begins on Monday, January 14th, and lasts for 105 days. It’s a long session, with a focus on passing the biennial budget. We also expect health care to again be a topic of conversation. In fact, news reports are predicting a growing interest in a single payer system. In addition, if predictions are correct and the House and Senate have strong Democratic majorities, we can expect passage of a capital gains tax tied to reductions in the property tax.

Comments...

Karen P James says...
Posted Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Thank you Susan for your report, and your continued support,time and dedication to the Government Relations committee member. I am looking forward to meeting with you soon. Warmly, Karen James LMT BCTMB MMP OMT NAC
Karen P James says...
Posted Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Thank you Susan for your report, and your continued support,time and dedication to the Government Relations committee member. I am looking forward to meeting with you soon. Warmly, Karen James LMT BCTMB MMP OMT NAC

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