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Nebraska Becomes First State to Pass Historic Dietitian Licensure Compact Bill

Published April 3, 2024

Today, Nebraska’s legislature has passed Dietitian Licensure Compact legislation, paving the way for increased practice opportunities for licensed dietitians in the state as well as across state lines. Nebraska is the first state in the country to pass this groundbreaking legislation.

The Dietitian Licensure Compact facilitates telehealth, providing licensees with opportunities for multistate practice, increasing mobility for individuals who are relocating — especially for dietitians who serve in the military or have spouses who serve — while improving public safety and promoting workforce development by reducing unnecessary licensure burdens.

This achievement for dietitians and every Nebraskan is the result of the unwavering dedication of Senator Carol Blood and the forged partnership between the Academy, the Nebraska affiliate, The Council of State Governments’ National Center for Interstate Compacts and the Department of Defense. The passage of this bill is a step toward reducing licensure burden and broadening access to nutrition care nationwide.

The formation of the Compact Commission, which will govern the implementation and operation of the Dietitian Licensure Compact, marks a crucial milestone in this multi-year effort and will be formed once a minimum of seven states pass this legislation. While the establishment of the Compact Commission may take time, potentially spanning a couple of years before the compact comes to full fruition, Nebraska's proactive approach sets a precedent for progress, signifying a significant step in the right direction.

Learn more and track filing and passage of compact legislation.

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