SB 110 (BR 266) - R. Stivers II, D. Seum, W. Blevins Jr., T. Buford, J. Carpenter, J. Carroll, P. Clark, C. Gibson, D. Givens, D. Harper Angel, J. Higdon, P. Hornback, T. Jensen, R. Jones II, A. Kerr, V. McGaha, R. Palmer II, D. Parrett, J. Pendleton, J. Rhoads, D. Ridley, J. Schickel, K. Stein, J. Turner, R. Webb, J. Westwood, M. Wilson
AN ACT relating to optometry.
Amend KRS 320.210 to modify the definition of the practice of optometry to include types of diagnoses and treatment of diseases, disorders, or conditions of the eye and its appendages by a licensed optometrist; permit prescribing and adapting visual aids and Schedule III or lower drugs or employing vision therapy or orthoptics, low vision rehabilitation, and certain laser surgery procedures; include the correction and relief of ocular abnormalities by surgical procedures not otherwise excluded in the practice of optometry; list a variety of procedures that are excluded from the practice of optometry, except for the preoperative and postoperative care of those procedures; indicate that a person is regarded as practicing optometry if he or she performs or advertises to perform optometric operations of any kind, prescribes or provides any means or device to help the human eye, or uses the word "optometrist" or other similar designation in connection with his or her name; amend KRS 320.240 to authorize the board to promulgate administrative regulations for optometrist licensure; forbid an individual from practicing optometry unless he or she is licensed by the board; establish the board's sole jurisdiction over the practice of optometry; declare that in a public health emergency, the Commissioner of Health may authorize therapeutically licensed optometrists to administer inoculation for systemic health reasons; name KRS 320.210 and 320.240 the "Better Access to Quality Eye Care Act."
SB 110 - AMENDMENTS
SFA (1, R. Stivers II) - Retain original provisions; amend KRS 320.220 to prohibit KRS Chapter 320 or any administrative regulations promulgated under KRS Chapter 320 from limiting or restricting a licensed health care practitioner or provider from engaging in the full scope of practice authorized by the license for that person's profession, training, or services.
SFA (2, J. Denton) - Delete original provisions; amend KRS 320.210 to redefine the "practice of optometry" by adding the performance of procedures including the removal of benign lesions from the eyelid and appendages, emergency paracentesis, laser capsulotomy, and laser treatment for glaucoma.
HFA (1, T. Riner) - Retain original provisions of the bill; replace the term "posterior chamber" with the term "posterior segment."
HFA (2, D. Watkins) - Delete original provisions; amend KRS 320.210 to redefine the "practice of optometry" by adding the performance of procedures including the removal of benign lesions from the eyelid and appendages, emergency paracentesis, laser capsulotomy, and laser treatment for glaucoma.
HFA (3, M. Denham) - Retain original provisions, except amend KRS 320.240 to separate optometry practice requirements for surgery from those for drug prescription and administration; require the optometry board and the medical board to jointly establish the educational and competence criteria necessary for an optometrist to perform laser and nonlaser surgical procedures.
HFA (4, R. Palumbo) - Retain original provisions; amend KRS 320.230 to expand the membership of the optometry board from five members to nine members; increase the number of citizen at large members from one member to two members; add the deans of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine to the board; allow the three dean board members to appoint designees to serve in their place.
HFA (5, T. Riner) - Retain original provisions of the bill; add requirement for the board to require demonstrated proficiency in order to perform certain surgeries.
HFA (6, T. Riner) - Retain original provisions of the bill; add requirement for the board to require an optometrist to conduct a medical history and physical exam before performing authorized surgical procedures.
HFA (7, T. Riner) - Retain original provisions of the bill; add requirement that the board require any optometrist electing to perform laser surgery to meet additional requirements for training and continuing education before performing certain surgical procedures.
HFA (8, T. Riner) - Retain original provisions of the bill; amend KRS 320.310 to allow the Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners to suspend the license of an optometrist electing to perform surgery if it finds that an applicant or a licensee has been convicted two times of a violation under KRS 189A.010(1) for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other substance.
HFA (9, T. Riner) - Retain original provisions of the bill; amend KRS 320.230 to require that three members comprising the Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners be Kentucky licensed practicing optometrists and that two members be Kentucky licensed practicing ophthalmologists.
Feb 7-introduced in Senate; to Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations (S)
Feb 8-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
Feb 9-2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendment (1) filed
Feb 10-floor amendment (2) filed
Feb 11-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, February 11, 2011; 3rd reading; floor amendment (2) withdrawn ; passed 33-3-1 with floor amendment (1)
Feb 14-received in House
Feb 15-to Licensing & Occupations (H); posting waived
Feb 16-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar; floor amendment (1) filed
Feb 17-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, February 18, 2011; floor amendments (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) and (9) filed
Feb 18-3rd reading; floor amendments (1) (2) (4) (5) (6) (7) and (8) defeated ; passed 81-14; received in Senate
Feb 23-enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
Feb 24-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 1)