The Michigan Legislature is working on a bill that would repeal the law that requires dieticians and nutritionists to be licensed in the state.
To be clear, while the law has been in effect for seven years, currently no one is actually licensed since dieticians and nutritionists could not agree on rules.
Still, some have complained that licensing is not needed at all.
But some, such as Tonia Reinhard of Wayne State University, says there are ramifications for patients who don't receive competent nutrition care services, so "we need licensure to protect Michigan patients."
Others say however that licensing "medicalizes" nutrition care beyond what is medically necessary.
The bill to repeal licensing cleared a house committee last week and is now before the full House of Representatives.