by ken winston caine
New Mexico’s “health-freedom” Senate Bill 18 got bumped off the rails just as it was picking up speed, due to some behind-the-scenes political maneuvering.
The New Mexico Medical Board had vowed to stop the act which would have clarified that traditional, cultural, complementary and alternative healing are not subject to regulation by state licensing boards. But the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected the Medical Board arguments and sent the bill to the Senate floor with a “do pass” recommendation.
And while the bill was on the Senate agenda to be debated in several sessions, it was never heard.
Wynn Werner, one of the driving forces behind the legislation and a founder of the New Mexico Complementary and Alternative Medicine Project which promoted it, explained, in this memo: (more…)