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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 109: Board of registration in naturopathy; membership; term; officers; quorum; compensation and expenses

[ Text of section added by 2016, 400, Sec. 1 effective September 1, 2017. See 2016, 400, Sec. 6.]

  Section 109. (a) There shall be within the department of public health a board of registration in naturopathy which shall consist of 5 persons to be appointed by the governor, 2 of whom shall be naturopathic doctors with at least 5 years of experience in the practice of naturopathic health care and who shall be licensed under section 269 or 271 of chapter 112, 1 of whom shall be a physician licensed to practice medicine under section 2 of said chapter 112 with experience working with naturopathic doctors, 1 of whom shall be a clinical pharmacologist, and 1 of whom shall be a member of the public. The appointed members shall serve for terms of 3 years. Upon the expiration of a term of office, a member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed and qualified. A member shall not serve for more than 2 consecutive terms; provided, however, that a person who is chosen to fill a vacancy in an unexpired term of a prior board member may serve for 2 consecutive terms in addition to the remainder of that unexpired term. A member may be removed by the governor for neglect of duty, misconduct or malfeasance or misfeasance in the office after a written notice of the charges against the member and sufficient opportunity to be heard thereon.

  (b) The board shall annually elect from its membership a chair and a secretary who shall serve until their successors have been elected and qualified. The board shall meet at least 4 times annually and may hold additional meetings at the call of the chair or upon the request of 4 members. A quorum for the conduct of official business shall be a majority of those appointed. Board members shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for actual and reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The members shall be public employees for the purposes of chapter 258 for all acts or omissions within the scope of their duties as board members.