New Warren massage law may be delayed

Staff report

WARREN

A Warren City Council committee examining possible changes to laws governing massage parlors may have to extend the discussion to September to incorporate suggestions from the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative.

The MVOC delivered a 117-page document to council’s Legislative Committee on Thursday that provides recommendations for ways the organization thinks Warren’s ordinance could be strengthened.

The group also presented written opinions from three attorneys with experience in the field who say that the MVOC’s recommendations would most likely hold up in court.

The MVOC gathered the legal opinions and other supporting documents after Warren officials said at earlier meetings that the MVOC’s recommendations might not be legal.

Nate Brown, an MVOC representative, said the organization especially hopes the city will consider adding a requirement that each massage therapist shows documentation that she or he has completed at least 100 hours of training from a certified massage association.

Another important regulation, Brown said, is that the business not be allowed to operate from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Brown said that limitation might reduce the likelihood that illegal activities such as prostitution would occur at the businesses.

Cheryl Saffold, committee chairman, said the committee and city law department will review the MVOC’s recommendations and probably talk about them before next week’s regular council meeting.

She said council may delay enactment of a new ordinance until a council meeting in September to give full consideration to the suggestions.

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