Legislative Day 2021

The Public Policy Panel is pleased to present Legislative Day 2021 which was held on Friday, February 26, 2021. Legislative Day is an annual event that offers KAND members and students from across the state an opportunity to learn about advocacy efforts and to forge relationships with their legislators. Your participation in our upcoming virtual event will allow Kentucky’s legislators to meet the nutrition experts in our state! We hope you’ll join us to advocate for the dietetics profession and for policy issues relevant to our work.


12:00        Welcome and Event Overview

Emily DeWitt, MS, RD, LD

Public Policy Coordinator, KAND

12:05 Public Policy Panel Introductions and Introduction to Bills

KAND Public Policy Panel 

12:35 Kentucky Diabetes Network Overview & Update 

Merritt Bates-Thomas, RDN, LD, LDE and Terry Gehrke, M.Ed., MCHES, CHWC, EP-C

Kentucky Diabetes Network

1:00 HB 95 Bill Sponsor

Representative Bentley

1:30 Break

1:45 HB304 and Licensure Update Q&A

Whitney Duddey or Licensure Board Attendee

2:00 HB 123 Bill Sponsor

Representative Minter

2:30 Networking Opportunity 

Public Policy Panel

2:55 Medicaid Advocacy

Lois Hill, MS, RDN, LD, LDE, FAND

Reimbursement Representative, KAND

3:10 Diabetes Education via Telehealth

Doug Anderson


3:55 Closing Remarks and Adjournment 

Legislative Day-2020

The most important political office is that of the private citizen.

Louis Brandeis

Thank you for a successful Legislative Day 2020! There is definitely strength in numbers and we had over 70 attendees, not including KDN members, at the event in support of nutrition related legislation. Please see below for pertinent event related follow up:

  • Please provide the KAND Public Policy Panel with Legislative Day feedback by completing this quick survey by 3/13/20

  • HB 12 passed in the KY House of Representatives on 2/19/20! The bill was received in the senate on 2/20/20. You many continue to monitor the bill’s actions at https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/20rs/hb12.html.
  • If you met with a legislator, please email the 2020 Legislator Report Form (below) to Public Policy Coordinator, Kira Galloway, at kiralgalloway@gmail.com by 3/13/20.

Advocacy doesn’t end here

Members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have the responsibility to urge consumers and lawmakers to learn about the positive role nutrition plays in healthy lifestyles and disease management.

Access materials here to help with your own advocacy efforts in KY and beyond.