Urgent – Your Help Needed
Over the last 4 years in the state of WI, we have been fighting against legislation that was an ultra-restrictive, monopolizing Dietician’s Bill. It has been stalled in a health committee all year and not progressed forward after thousands of people rose up to defeat it in the past.
On Monday, February 27 the Wisconsin Dietetic Association attached an amendment to AB 547, which went through the Wisconsin Assembly’s Committee on Homeland Security and State Affairs. This was a strategic move to sneak it through. There was no public notice of the amendment until one day before the hearing-hardly a democratic process!-and so there was almost no opportunity for the public to give their input to their legislators. The bill itself (AB 547), of course, has nothing whatsoever to do with nutrition. The bill passed the committee with the amendment intact-and with only two legislators opposed. Next the bill goes before the full Assembly (potentially the week of March 5th) , where it will be far more difficult to stop.
Your urgent response is needed:
1. You can follow this link to a prewritten email by the Alliance for Natural Health; all that you need to do is fill in your contact information and it will automatically go to your legislator.
2. You can call your assembly person:
(http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx) and ask them to:
“Oppose amendment 7 of AB 547 or if the amendment is not withdrawn, to oppose AB 547”
Reasons to oppose amendment 7 of AB 547:
1) It could cause the loss of jobs in Wisconsin; this amendment is not just a licensing law for dieticians. It gives Registered Dieticians and unfair economic advantage and severely affects the business of other nutritional professionals – this means the potential for 100s if not thousands of lost jobs in Wisconsin and lost wages.
2) AB 547 has nothing to do with nutrition! AB 547 has to do with the Department of Safety and Professional Services and the measurement of controlled substances. Amendment 7 has no place being tagged onto this bill.
Please email or call your assembly person today!
They need to hear from you – please leave a message if you call after hours and call back during regular business hours if you can – it will only take about 2 minutes.
We have at most a couple days before the assembly will vote on this and we must contact them now! I called my assembly man on Thursday and he hadn’t heard anything about this – without opposition, this bill can easily pass without the legislators even knowing what the amendments contain.
Please call and email your assembly person now – and thanks for your efforts!
Tracie Hittman Nutrition, LLC