Our friends at National Health Freedom Action are asking everyone in Florida to call or email their state legislators to support Florida HB 1193. This bill removes regulations on a range of professions, from hair braiders and boxing timekeepers to barbers and landscape architects. Importantly, it provides an exemption for unlicensed complementary and alternative health care practitioners to the dietitian and nutrition licensing law for certain activities under certain circumstances.
Although the full scope of the bill is beyond our mission, we support the goal of ensuring that alternative health care practitioners can provide nutritional support and advice for their clients without the threat of being charged for practicing dietetics without a license.
HB 1193 has already been approved by two subcommittees, the Government Operations & Technology Appropriations and the Business & Professions Subcommittees. The next step is approval by the full House Commerce Committee. Please add your voice to help pass this bill!
You can read the bill and check its status at https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=69462
Contact your Florida State Representative. You can look them up at https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx
Call or email them. Below is a sample message to help – but it will have a MUCH greater impact if you put it in your own words. Do you have a personal story, as a patient, of how important it is for your alternative practitioner to be able to talk with you about nutrition? Are you a practitioner for whom nutrition is an integral part of your full practice?
Dear Representative ____,
My name is ___ and I live in ____. I urge you to support Florida HB 1193, the Governor’s Occupation Deregulation, which has been approved by two subcommittees already and is no in the Commerce Committee.
I want you to support HB 1193 primarily because it provides an exemption for unlicensed complementary and alternative health care practitioners to the dietitian and nutrition licensing law for certain activities under certain circumstances. The exemption seeks to acknowledges the free speech rights of these non-licensed practitioners to be able to advertise and accurately describe their nutrition-related services and training without fear of being charged with practicing dietetics without a license.
Please protect my freedom to access the Florida complementary and alternative health care practitioners of my choice by supporting HB 1193. Health-seekers deserve to have maximum options protected for them as they work to explore their wellness and health.