On March 12, NvAND will be hosting our annual Legislative Day. Why is it important? First, there is a bill pending that affects our licensure bill. In the Committee on Commerce and Labor hearing, there were a number of questions that were asked by the Legislators that showed an interest in the
bill, but not necessarily support. It is still sitting in Committee before it goes to the full Assembly. We need to be sure that all members of the Assembly and Senate realize the importance of passing this bill.
Second, we are the nutrition professionals. We do our jobs using strong scientific evidence. Many times, bills might come before the legislator that affect some aspect of nutrition. By meeting the legislators and making sure they have an understanding of who we are and what we do and that we use evidence-based information, they know they can call on us for advice. That one-on-one relationship with legislators is important. Can you spare 15-20 minutes on March 12 to meet, virtually, with a legislator? I have 34 appointments scheduled but not enough of our members to meet with those legislators. If you can spare 15-20 minutes, please sign up to attend. We will have a training/kickoff on March 5 so you will know about the bill and what to say.
Thank you to those already registered and I hope to see more of you sign up.
Kara Freeman, DrPH, RD, FAND
State Public Policy Representative