There are approximately 30 naturopaths in North Carolina who would meet the standard for licensure proposed in these bills, which require four years of post-graduate education. The NCMS attended the committee meeting on Wednesday and spoke publicly to voice concerns regarding the ability of such a small board to offer legitimate oversight to a new health profession. The committee did not vote on the proposal but is expected to do so next week. If the proposal receives a favorable report from the Committee on New Licensing Boards the individual bills will then have to be heard by both the Health Committees and Finance Committees of each chamber.
Other pieces of legislation that saw movement this week include:
- HB 795 – Patient Access to Pathological Materials, Steen (R – Rowan)
- SB 471 – Youth Skin Cancer Prevention Act, Purcell (D-Scotland)
- HB 423 – Enact First Evaluation Program, Hurley (R-Randolph)
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