DIETITIANS & NUTRITIONISTS                                                                      H.B. 4688:

                                                                               SUMMARY OF HOUSE-PASSED BILL

                                                                                                         IN COMMITTEE







House Bill 4688 (as passed by the House)

Sponsor:  Representative Ed McBroom

House Committee:  Regulatory Reform

Senate Committee:  Regulatory Reform


Date Completed:  6-4-14




The bill would repeal both of the following:


 --    Part 183A (Dietetics and Nutrition) of the Public Health Code, which provides for the licensure of dietitians and nutritionists.

 --    Section 16346 of the Code, which establishes fees for a person licensed or seeking licensure under Part 183A.


Specifically, Part 183A prohibits a person from engaging in the practice of dietetics and nutrition, or providing or offering to provide dietetics and nutrition care services, unless licensed or otherwise authorized to do so, establishes requirements for licensure, and prescribes responsibilities of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Part 183A also created the Michigan Board of Dietetics and Nutrition; prohibits a person from using certain titles unless licensed as a dietitian or nutritionist; and provides for the issuance of a temporary or limited license under certain circumstances.


Section 16346 requires an individual licensed or seeking licensure as a dietitian or nutritionist under Part 183A to pay the fees shown in Table 1.


Table 1


Type of Fee


Application processing fee


License fee, per year


Temporary license fee, per year


Limited license fee, per year



MCL 333.16346 et al.                                                Legislative Analyst:  Patrick Affholter




The bill would have no fiscal impact on the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) or local units of government. While the licensure of dietitians and nutritionists has been in statute since 2006, no rules have been promulgated, nor have any individuals been licensed as nutritionists or dietitians. Since LARA has not engaged in the practice of licensing these individuals, repealing the statute that establishes the license structure would not have a fiscal impact on LARA.


                                                                                        Fiscal Analyst:  Josh Sefton

This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.