Sunset Review – Feb. 20, 2013

There has been a lot of activity the past few days on our Sunset bill.  We decided to initiate an amendment to the bill that includes the word “modern”  “The practice of Acupuncture is based on traditional and modern Oriental Medical concepts.”

There is a second amendment that we put in. It specifically prohibits us from doing chiropractic adjustments.

The third amendment is from our sponsor Linda Newell. It asks DORA to reinstate the sending of disciplinary letters by certified mail.

WE met with DORA policy makers today and we believe that we have their support for the change in wording.

The actual hearing is  Thursday, Feb. 21, at 1:30.  If it gets the votes needed (we expect it to easily pass) the next step is that it will go to the whole Senate for a “second” reading.  Leo and I met with most of the committee members today and he will meet the rest of them in the morning.  Leo is very effective as a lobbyist. We are lucky to have him.

When we met with Senator Cowder ( R ) he said that he had heard from some of us and he didn’t understand why we would want to be regulated but he would support our bill.  So our efforts to contact our base is paying off.

Thanks for all that you are doing to help our profession.
Anne Chew

UPDATE: Out Sunset bill has passed the senate Health committee with two amendments. One amendment says that “The practice of acupuncture is based on traditional and MODERN Oriental Medical Concepts”.  The second one says that we cannot do Chiropractic manipulation and mobilization.

It will go to the appropriations committee and then to the Senate floor of a second and third reading. (Not yet scheduled).  The senators had heard from their constituents and we only had Sen Lunburg vote against us.  So far we are in good shape.  Anne Chew

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