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on: July 8, 2011, 19:34
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NGH Membermail Notification sent March 23, 2010.

Dear Indiana Member of the National Guild of Hypnotists:

We wanted you to know that the State of Indiana Hypnotist Certification Act has been repealed, effective July 1, 2010.

This repeal is a result of a governmental study by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. This report concluded that the Hypnotist Board was unneeded and should be eliminated due to the lack of consumer and national interest and the existence of viable alternatives to state regulation, such as private certification by hypnotism organizations. The House legislation to accomplish this (HB 1098) was incorporated into a Senate Bill (SB356), which passed this month.

Since it's inception in 1997, the Indiana Hypnotist Committee has certified fewer than two persons per year after the initial Grandparenting period. There are only 60 persons regulated as hypnotists in Indiana and there have been fewer than one complaint against a hypnotist per year (none in the past three years). Since 1997 the Committee has taken disciplinary action against only one hypnotist, and there have been no actions taken in the past five years.

The Indiana Committee on Boards and Commissions "failed to see what public purpose the Hypnotist Committee serves other than reducing competition."

The National Guild of Hypnotists welcomes this news. The Indiana Hypnotist Certification Act was a "noble experiment" to see if our profession was ready for, or if it even needed state regulation. We were shocked at how easily the law was used against our profession as a whole by other professional groups and by self-serving groups of hypnotists. The National Guild of Hypnotists undertook two successful lawsuits against the State of Indiana to prevent the most extreme of these abuses, and we are happy to see this bad law deposited in the dustbin of history.

Members are reminded that this repeal does not go into effect until July 1, 2010. Until then, the Hypnotist Committee and the State Certification Act remain in force. Further, the restriction that any school teaching hypnotism as a livelihood must be approved by the Indiana Commission on Post-Secondary Education remains in full force and is not being repealed.

Sincerely,
C. Scot Giles
Legislative and Governmental Concerns Liaison, National Guild of Hypnotists

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