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Indiana hypnosis legislation

I found this in the local newspaper this morning. It was part of the
Sunday "Political Notebook" column by Richelle Thompson and Lesley
Stedman of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. The section is entitled
"Mesmerizing law".

"Robert Meeks isn't a doctor, but he plays one in the Indiana Senate,
according to Governing Magazine.

"In recognition of his advanced degree in hypnosis, the senator
prefers that his colleagues refer to him as "Doctor Meeks".

"Meeks doesn't suffer from delusions of grandeur. He's just trying to
make a point. For a $25 fee, he was able to purchase a doctorate in
hypnosis from a fly-by-night institution of hypnosis training."

Meeks was the sponsor of a bill regulating the practice of hypnosis in
the state of Indiana, which has passed the Indiana Assembly and is
currently waiting for the governor's signature. If the governor does
not act on the bill within 10 days it will automatically become law.
If vetoed, it will likely not be returned to the Assembly, which has
adjourned for the legislative year but has been called back in special
session to pass the state budget and is not likely to take up such a
relatively insigificant measure amidst such heavy political wranging.

This potential law would require at least 300 hours of training in
hypnosis in order to attain a certificate permitting one to attain a
state license to practice hypnosis. The article does not state the
specifics of how the hours must earned, who has the authority to give
training, any details on how the state board will confer the
certificate of authorization, or even any details about the state
board itself.

Meeks makes the argument for the requirements by listing other
professions that need a specified amount of training before licensing,
like barbers and manicurists. "The people in Indiana are being duped,"
says Meeks. "This bill is being opposed by those practicing exorcisms
and curing cancer through hypnosis."

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Article-ID: 05_1997&3366805
Score: 87
Subject: Re: Healing your body with HYPNOSIS