Action Needed in Hawaii Opposing Dietitian Licensing Bill!
Posted Feb 11 2012 12:06pm
Hawaii House Bill 2570 and Senate Bill 2832 are monopolistic dietitian bills that would make it illegal to “practice dietetics”, which is already defined so broadly in Hawaii to include using nutrition to achieve and maintain health. H.B. 2570 passed the House Health Committee and was referred to the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce. S.B. 2832 was introduced and assigned to three Senate Committees, the first being the Senate Health Committee. Hawaii session will be complete in early May, so these bills may move fast!
What you can do:
First, contact your personal House Representative and all the members of the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Committee to let them know you Oppose H.B. 2570. Then, contact your Senator and all members of the Senate Health Committee to tell them to Vote no on S.B. 2832. Contact legislators by phone, email, or personal letter. All names and contact information are listed at the end of this email. Also, keep in touch to come to any future hearings.
What the Bill Does:
H.B. 2570 and S.B. 2832 would make criminal the practice of anything within the already broad definition of “dietetics”, which includes using nutrition principles to maintain human health! Although Hawaii already has protection for the title “dietitian”, H.B. 2570 and S.B. 2832 would unconstitutionally limit our freedom of speech and our freedom of choice in practitioners of natural health. Introduced to consolidate Hawaii laws and to move the licensing of registered dietitians as healthcare professionals from the Department of Health to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, the bills limit herbalists, naturopaths, nutritional consultants, and even people like housewives who need to talk about food and herbs all the time. There is no reason for adding the illegality of “practice” of dietetics to this consolidation bill.
1. Distribute Call to Action Letter. Please sign the one-page action letter, or your own letter, and send by e-mail, fax, or regular mail to your personal Senate and House Representatives. Also, please forward this email to your friends and family to have them take action too. Telephone calls, emails or letters are extremely important at this time!
2. Contact Hawaii House and Senate Committee Members. Call the phone numbers listed below to leave a message with each member of both the HouseConsumer Protection and Commerce Committee and the Senate Health Committee. E-mail, fax or mail the attached action letter, or your own letter, to the committee members. Call from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 8 a.m. to adjournment on Saturdays.
The message : “I oppose H.B. 2570 / S.B. 2832 as written – it unconstitutionally limits our freedom of speech on nutrition information and decreases and jeopardizes consumer options in natural health care.”
3. When Contacting Personal and other Individual Senate and House Representatives:
If you write or e-mail , begin your communication with Dear Representative ____________: Include the bill number, for example: RE: Please Oppose H.B. 2570 / S.B. 2832.
Please take the time to write a personal note on your letter as this will have a greater impact with the legislators. Tell them about your rights as a consumer in Hawaii to a free and educated choice in health care providers. Also tell them that you depend on alternative and complementary care for you and your family.
Build a relationship with your personal Senate and House Representatives . Make an appointment, call them, write them and email them, and start building a strong relationship with them.
To determine who your personal Senate and House Representatives are, please go to http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/, and enter your street name in the box labeled “Find Your Legislator”, located in the upper right-hand corner, and click “GO”.
When Hearings are scheduled, please plan to attend.