STAND. COM. REP. NO.969-02

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: S.B. No. 2725

 

 

 

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Sir:

Your Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 2725 entitled:

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO NATUROPATHY,"

begs leave to report as follows:

The purpose of this bill is update the naturopathy licensing law by:

(1) Allowing applications for the licensing examination to be sent directly to the testing agency consistent with current agency procedures; and

(2) Removing an outdated accreditation requirement that would prevent all applicants from meeting educational requirements for licensure as a naturopath.

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs testified in support of this measure.

Your Committee finds that those applying for the naturopathy licensing examination no longer need to submit an application to the Board of Examiners in Naturopathy. The testing agency that administers the examination is now able to directly accept applications.

Further, your Committee finds that the law requires all naturopathy license applicants to have graduated from an institution accredited by a "national professional accrediting body" recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDOE). However, the only professional body recognized by USDOE lost this recognition. Your Committee finds that removal of the term "professional" will allow licensing of persons who have received their education and training in institutions accredited by a national accrediting body.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2725 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce,

 

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KENNETH T. HIRAKI, Chair