senate Bill S4297

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Regulates the practice of naturopathic medicine

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 03, 2018 referred to higher education
Feb 08, 2017 referred to higher education


S4297 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 138 §§6850 - 6862, Ed L; amd §§1203, 1207 & 1301, Lim Lil L; amd §§121-1500 & 121-1502, Partn L; amd §413, Soc Serv L; amd §§571 & 585, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S1930
2011-2012: S1803
2013-2014: S4828
2015-2016: S4917, A10128
2019-2020: A4825
2021-2022: A6035

S4297 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Regulates the practice of naturopathic medicine; establishes a state board for naturopathic medicine; establishes requirements to receive a limited permit in naturopathic medicine; establishes mandatory continuing education for the practice of naturopathic medicine (view more) requires licensed naturopathic doctors to report suspected child abuse.

S4297 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4297 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 8, 2017

Introduced  by  Sens. LAVALLE, LARKIN, RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Higher

AN  ACT  to  amend the education law, the limited liability company law,
  the partnership law and the public health  law,  in  relation  to  the
  practice of naturopathy; to amend the social services law, in relation
  to the reporting of child abuse


  Section 1. Legislative intent.  1. The legislature recognizes that  in
spite  of  advances  in science and technology that have resulted in the
American healthcare system excelling at  triage  and  in  responding  to
acute  emergent  conditions, there is an epidemic of chronic disease and
an unacceptable degree of iatrogenic disease in America. The legislature
recognizes that the economics of healthcare and the pursuit of scientif-
ic advancement have led to an occupational preference  among  physicians
for  specialization, resulting in a shortage of primary care physicians.
The legislature finds that licensure of the profession  of  naturopathic
medicine  favorably addresses such problems, and agrees with U.S. Senate
Resolution 221 of  the  113th  Congress  in  finding  that  naturopathic
doctors  are  skilled  in  preventing and treating chronic disease; that
naturopathic medicine is a safe,  effective,  and  affordable  means  of
health  care;  and  that licensure of naturopathic doctors helps address
the shortage of primary care physicians in the United States, while also
providing people with more choice in health care.
  2. The legislature recognizes  that  naturopathic  medicine,  although
encompassing  primary and secondary care services, including many of the
same diagnostic tools and assessment techniques as the  medical  profes-
sion,  and  having  certain  Hippocratic  principles  in common with the
medical profession, is not part of the profession of medicine as contem-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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