December 2010: 2010 Snapshot

By Gene McGill, Director of State Government Relations

The 2010 legislative session is still winding down in several states. However, our attention is now focused on efforts to reorganize for the January start with new legislative leadership, and in many cases new governors. The 2009/2010 legislative calendar has set the tone for the upcoming session at AANP. There were 138 pieces of legislation specific to naturopathic medicine drafted, introduced, amended and caucused on in 23 states. Additionally, there were 75 changes in regulations specific to naturopathic medicine introduced in 12 states. The importance of naturopathic medicine and licensure for NDs continues to grow nationwide. The AANP will continue to work with our state associations in an effort to increase support for licensure and push for expanded scope of practice for our naturopathic doctors.

CQ Statetrack and the AANP
With the potential of more legislation/regulations being introduced in the upcoming session, Executive Director Karen Howard held a webinar highlighting the tools currently available to members of the AANP State Association Leaders.  The newest addition is CQ Statetrack. Statetrack is just as the name suggests: a legislation and regulatory tracking tool to keep you informed and up-to-date on any changes for almost any issue of interest to you. To view the entire webinar and browse the many tools the AANP has to offer, make sure you are logged in and then click here.

2011 conference schedule
The AANP continues to strengthen its external relationships, a critical element for our licensure and regulatory efforts. This year staff and volunteers will attend the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) and regional meetings of Council for State Governments (CSG).