California SB 796 –
Under current law, the Naturopathic Medicine Committee (under the Osteopathic Medical Board) licenses and regulates the practice of Naturopathic Medicine. Current law sunsets the operation of the Committee on January 1, 2018.
*NEW AMENDMENT ADDED TO BILL*
SEC. 7. Section 3660 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read: Require individuals to be licensed to use the terms “naturopath”, naturopathic practitioner”, or “traditional naturopathic practitioner”;
Please contact your Senators and urge them to vote NO on SB 796! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a list of Senators to contact.
On May 30th the Oregon Senate Committee on Health Care voted down an amendment that would have required a form of registration for health and wellness coaches. This amendment was written so broadly, giving up so much authority to the Health Licensing Office, that it could easily have been turned into a de facto license requirement. Working with educational institutions, corporations, labor groups, and practitioners from numerous disciplines, it only took the committee ten minutes to crush the amendment! Holistic nutrition professionals showed up in force and our voice was heard loud and clear!
North Carolina –
On May 11th the North Carolina House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that would create an exemption for the unlicensed practice of nutrition. This will immediately, upon passage by the Senate and signed by the Governor, greatly improve the practice of holistic nutrition. Next this legislation will be considered by the Senate, where we expect it to also pass, and we should see it signed into law by the Governor soon thereafter. The legislative session will end around mid June, and with the dietitians and nutritionists all on board together with us, the prognosis is very good.