State of South Dakota  

337T0274   HOUSE ENGROSSED    NO.  HB 1171 -  2/2/2012  

Introduced by:    Representatives Munsterman, Brunner, Elliott, Hickey, Hunt, Jensen, Kopp, Liss, Magstadt, Miller, Nelson (Stace), Olson (Betty), Schaefer, and Sly and Senators Rhoden, Adelstein, Begalka, Frerichs, Fryslie, Kraus, Lederman, and Sutton

        FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to establish a board to regulate certain emerging complementary health professionals with no current state regulatory board.
    Section 1. For the purposes of this Act, an emerging complementary health professional is a person practicing, or seeking to practice, a nationally recognized health profession not currently regulated in South Dakota.
    Section 2. The Emerging Complementary Health Professionals Licensing Board is established. The board may regulate newly emerging complementary health professions, with the approval of the Legislature, that are not regulated by any other board. The board shall be composed of seven members appointed by the Governor by July 1 of the same year the Legislature approves the first profession to be licensed under the board. The Governor shall appoint one person regulated by each of the following boards: Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Board of Massage Therapy, Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners, Board of Nursing, and Board of Pharmacy. The Governor shall also appoint two representatives from the public,

with consideration to consumers using the services, or from the professions regulated by the board.
    Section 3. Each appointment shall be for a term of three years. No member may serve more than three consecutive full terms. However, appointment to an unexpired term is not considered a full term for this purpose. Each member shall hold office until a successor is appointed and qualified. Any vacancy on the board shall be filled by appointment by the Governor. The Governor may stagger terms to enable the board to have different terms expire each year.
    Section 4. The board shall annually elect one member to serve as chair, one member to serve as vice chair, and one member to serve as secretary. The board shall be under the supervision of the Department of Health. The board shall report annually to the secretary of health on matters concerning emerging complementary health professions.
    Section 5. The board shall hold at least two meetings each year at a time to be determined by the board. The board members shall receive per diem set pursuant to § 4-7-10.4 and expenses at the same rate as other state employees while actually engaged in their official duties.