June 4, 2012 — The Louisian Senate on Thursday rejected an amendment (HFA 4910) on licensing for midwives that was offered as part of a bill (SB 320) on health care providers, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.
The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Nancy Landry (R), would have required midwives to be certified by the North American Registry of Midwives.
Sen. Danny Martiny (R), the sponsor of SB 320, accused Landry of hijacking the measure by trying to insert higher licensing standards for midwives. The bill now goes to a conference committee (Baton Rouge Advocate, 6/1).
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