Senate Bill S4297

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Regulates the practice of naturopathic medicine

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Higher Education Committee

  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2017-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

2017-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

2017-S4297 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2017-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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