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Update on Virginia HB 2099

Thursday, January 24, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessica Vedder
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As of January 22, 2019, Virginia HB 2099, which would deregulate the practice of opticianry in Virginia, still resides in the House General Laws Committee. As of yet, it has not yet been heard in the full Committee, nor has it been assigned to a subcommittee. 

Virginia Opticians and the general public have been very effective in communicating with the members of the General Laws Committee. The response has been enthusiastic and overwhelmingly in opposition to the bill. 

The members of the General Laws Committee have repeatedly heard the message loud and clear. Out of respect for their overloaded email in-boxes, the Opticians Association of Virginia has suspended their general communication campaign. But, they are still communicating with legislators on a targeted basis through their lobbyist to keep the issue before them. Should the need arise to reactivate the larger campaign, they will inform us immediately.

HB 2099, if it is to be heard, will be before the House General Laws Committee either later this week or sometime next week. Next week is the last full week of committee meetings before the General Assembly reaches “cross-over” day on Tuesday, February 5.  

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