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Conn. bill cracks down on illegal massage parlors

March 16, 2012
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HARTFORD, Conn.—State lawmakers are considering a bill that attempts to curb illegal massage parlors in Connecticut.

The legislation adds shiatsu, acupressure and Thai massage to the list of services that cannot be advertised without a license to perform massage therapy. It also makes it a misdemeanor for someone to knowingly employ an unlicensed person to perform massage.

The bill additionally requires the state Department of Public Health to investigate any legitimate accusation of an illegal massage parlor within 30 days of receiving the complaint, or else refer it to local authorities.

Bridgeport Rep. Auden Grogins said there are several massage parlors in her Black Rock neighborhood, including one near a school. She said some of her constituents are expected to testify at Friday's public hearing before the Planning and Development Committee.

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