The South Dakota representative who was the main sponsor of a bill that would have allowed for the creation of a new state board to regulate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners not already licensed by the state has shelved the bill for now.
The bill had passed the state house and was before the senate when Rep. Scott Munsterman decided to put it on hold.
“I tabled it in the Senate Health Committee because there were misunderstandings about this bill [on the part of] CAM providers,” Munsterman told MASSAGE Magazine. “So I chose to hit the pause button to allow CAM providers a chance to understand the opportunity this bill would allow them.”
Munsterman is a chiropractic physician and has been a proponent of expansion of CAM therapies into mainstream health care.
On March 3, MASSAGE Magazine reported on the bill in the article, “South Dakota May License More CAM Practitioners.”
Massage therapists are already licensed in the state.