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  Children's vision bill introduced  
  Assembly Member Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood, has introduced legislation that aims to boost the learning potential of California's students by sending them to school with healthy eyes and clear vision on the first day of class. AB 2444 is sponsored by the State Board of Optometry and strongly supported by the California Optometric Association (COA).

AB 2444 would include information on good vision and student eye health in the school enrollment packets parents receive. For students who receive the most basic, in-school vision screenings, AB 2444 helps connect them with necessary follow-up care needed when vision problems are detected. Lastly, the bill creates a pilot program in participating school districts that will promote early detection of eye and vision problems to improve students' educational outcomes.

"California's optometrists are proud to partner with Assembly Member Burke to ensure more students receive the kind of comprehensive eye examinations that detect the full range of vision problems that can hamper student success," said COA President Dr. Ranjeet S. Bajwa. "Eye doctors are also a first line of defense against serious health problems like diabetes and eye cancers, another reason optometrists urge parents to schedule comprehensive examinations before school starts."


  COA House of Delegates debates branch office law repeal  
  The branch office law remains a hotly contested issue within optometry. While many in COA believe the two-office limit should be repealed to increase efficiencies, others fear the optometric profession could become more retail oriented and quality of care could suffer. Last week, COA's House of Delegates discussed various proposals intended to mitigate these concerns. In light of the expected sponsorship by the State Board of Optometry of a bill to repeal the branch office law, COA's advocacy team is evaluating possible approaches and working to draft amendments that will ensure that patients continue to receive quality eye care. If you have comments or concerns about the branch office law, please contact Kristine Shultz at or 916-266-5027.  


  Dr. David Redman testifies at Capitol  
  On Tuesday, February 6, COA's Legislation-Regulation Committee chair Dr. David Redman testified at an informational hearing of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee, chaired by Assembly Member Evan Low. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the opioid crisis and how to improve the state's new drug monitoring database.



  Leg Day 2018  
  Make your travel arrangements today to attend this year's Legislative Day in Sacramento on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Southwest often has some great promotional fares. Here is the schedule of events:

Leg Day Agenda

7:00 am - 8:00 am - Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 12:00 pm - Morning Program
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - COA-Provided Lunch
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Meetings with Lawmakers at Capitol
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Reception with Lawmakers

Be sure to register to attend Leg Day at COA's webpage.