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Update on Virginia HB 2099

Friday, February 15, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessica Vedder
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On Tuesday, February 5, both the Virginia House and Senate adjourned their floor sessions on what is known as “cross-over” day. That is the day in each General Assembly Session when the House and Senate must complete work on legislation that originates in their respective bodies. Now, the House can only consider Senate bills and the Senate can only consider House bills.
The significance of this milestone is that HB 2099, the bill that would have deregulated the profession of opticianry in Virginia, was never taken up in the House before cross-over, which means that specific bill is dead for this Session.
Judy Canty of the Opticians Association of Virginia recently addressed the OAA State Leadership Conference to recognize the public pressure that helped lead to this triumph would not have been possible without the financial and professional support of the OAA and other state associations such as NYSSO.
NYSSO, and the OAV in Virginia, represent your license and the well-being of the public. This defeat reflects the collective outcry because you know what it means to be a licensed Optician, and understand the value you provide patients when helping them make critical decisions about their visual needs. NYSSO is the only organization in New York dedicated to protecting the investment you make in your profession.
NYSSO will continue to monitor threats to professional licensing across the nation and will continue to advocate in New York State and beyond. Because you believe in your profession and the value of licensed Opticians, YOU BELONG. HERE.

Contact NYSSO


Phone: 518-694-4581

Fax: 518-432-1712



136 Everett Road

Albany, NY 12205 

An Open Letter to Opticians


NYSSO writes to all Opticians in New York State to help our fight against unlicensed Opticians.
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