On Tuesday April 5th, The Joint Legislative Administrative Procedures Oversite Committee (APO) will hear testimony regarding consolidation of the Board of Opticians into the Board of Optometry, as well as deliberation on other Occupational Boards under scrutiny. A copy of the draft bill is available by link below as well as other links to related legislation. The North Carolina State Board of Opticians as well as the North Carolina Opticians Association will have representation at that meeting.
While Senate Bill 525 will NOT be voted on Tuesday, Opticians still need to contact their representative from their legislative district and explain why the Opticians Board should remain an independent Board and how Licensed Opticians serve the public here in North Carolina. Explain to them why Senate Bill 525 should taken out of committee and be passed this legislative session to keep our Board strong and help fulfill its mandate to protect the public as has for over 50 years.