STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3821
RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 709
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 709, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of:
State Board of Naturopathic Medicine
G.M. No. 709
for a term to expire 06-30-2022,
begs leave to report as follows:
Your Committee reviewed the personal history, resume, and statement submitted by Kathryn Taketa-Wong for service on the State Board of Naturopathic Medicine.
Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the reappointment of Kathryn Taketa-Wong from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and two individuals.
Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Dr. Taketa-Wong's knowledge, background, and proven leadership on the State Board of Naturopathic Medicine qualify her to be nominated for reappointment to the State Board of Naturopathic Medicine as a licensee member. Your Committee notes that Dr. Taketa-Wong has been licensed in Hawaii since 2011 and is a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist in her own private practice, where she focuses on autism spectrum and pediatric developmental disorders. Dr. Taketa-Wong has served on the legislative committee for the Hawaii Society of Naturopathic Physicians since 2013 and previously worked with the American Association of Naturopathic Medicine and the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Medicine on legislative issues pertaining to naturopathic medicine. Your Committee further finds that Dr. Taketa-Wong has served as a member of the State Board of Naturopathic Medicine since July 2014, currently serves as the Board's Vice Chair, and her perspective as a naturopathic physician in private practice continues to enhance the effectiveness of the Board. Your Committee therefore recommends that Dr. Taketa-Wong be reappointed to the State Board of Naturopathic Medicine based on her background, experience, and dedication to serving the community.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health that is attached to this report, your Committee, after full consideration of the background, experience, and qualifications of the nominee, has found the nominee to be qualified for the position to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and consent to the nomination.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health,
ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair