Introduced By: Representative Edith Ajello
Date Introduced : February 2, 1999
RESOLVED, That a special house commission be and the same is hereby created consisting of sixteen (16) members: three (3) of whom shall be from the house of representatives, not more than two (2) from the same political party to be appointed by the speaker; two (2) of whom shall be physician members of the Rhode Island Medical Society, of whom one (1) shall be an obstetrician and one (1) shall be a primary care physician, to be appointed by the Society's president; one (1) of whom shall be a pharmacist from the U.R.I. School of Pharmacy, to be appointed by the department head; one (1) of whom shall be a nurse mid wife, to be appointed by the speaker; one (1) of whom shall be a chiropractic physician, to be appointed by the speaker; one (1) of whom shall be an acupuncturist, to be appointed by the speaker; two (2) of whom shall be naturopathic physicians nationally licensed through passage of the Naturopathic physician licensing examination (N.P.L.E.X.) and currently living and/or practicing in Rhode Island, to be appointed by the speaker; two (2) of whom shall be members of the Coalition for Natural Health practicing natural healing in Rhode Island, to be appointed by the coalition's president; two (2) of whom shall be members of the general public, to be appointed by the speaker; and one (1) of whom shall be the director of the department of health, or designee.
In lieu of any appointment of a member of the legislature to a permanent advisory commission, a legislative study commission, or any commission created by a general assembly resolution, the appointing authority may appoint a member of the general public to serve in lieu of a legislator, provided that the majority leader or the minority leader of the political party which is entitled to the appointment consents to the appointment of the member of the general public.
The purpose of said commission shall be to determine the necessity of licensing naturopathic physicians practicing in Rhode Island.
Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at the call of the speaker of the house and organize and shall select from among the legislators a chairperson. Vacancies in said commission shall be filled in like manner as the original appointment.
The membership of said commission shall receive no compensation for their services.
All departments and agencies of the state shall furnish such advice and information, documentary and otherwise, to said commission and its agents as is deemed necessary or desirable by the commission to facilitate the purposes of this resolution.
The speaker of the house is hereby authorized and directed to provide suitable quarters for said commission: and be it further
RESOLVED, That the commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the house of representatives on or before April 6, 2000 and said commission shall expire on June 6, 2000.