Vice Chair Fred Martin 332-1407
Patti Anne Lodge 332-1320
Sheryl L. Nuxoll 332-1355
Marv Hagedorn 332-1334
John H. Tippets 332-1429
Abby Lee 332-1325
Bill 181 comes down to licensing naturopaths. Some states license them and some don't. Idaho has not licensed in the past. Instead, they practice under the Smith Act which allows naturopaths to use other means besides prescription drugs (which is the very definition of naturopathy). Bill 181 wants to make it required that all naturopaths in the state of Idaho be licensed and that in order to be licensed they have to do whatever the Health and Welfare committee decides they must do to be licensed. We already know from the Health and Welfare committee (from previous attempts to push this bill through every year since 2007) that their licensing structure is that naturopaths must have attended 1 of 2 approved naturopathic schools in the US. Both of these schools are more homeopathic than naturopathic and are not only expensive but the degree is a 5 year degree. Instead of allowing naturopaths who already have degrees (from other schools) be grandfathered in, they would basically have to close their doors as naturopaths in Idaho and those who could afford to do so may choose to go and get the 5 year degree for naturopathy all over again. That is the main problem with it although there are others.
I should add that they would then be regulated to only practice naturopathy according to the approved methods from those schools. The Health and Welfare Committee would do the regulating and the woman heading it up has already stated her agenda (Kristy Perry is her name).