Idaho State Board of Optometry
of February 07, 2003
James Dean, Chair
Scott Taylor, Board Member
John Rietz, Board Member
Steven Snapp, Board Member
Gary Walker, Board Member
Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief
Budd Hetrick, Deputy Chief
Hales, Administrative Attorney
Sandee Hitesman, Office Specialist II
Larry Benton, IOA Executive Director
The meeting was called to order at 2:00
p.m. by Chair, James Dean.
Mr. Benton reported that last years free
education day convention was a success. 28
licensees’ that were not registered came by invitation of the sponsorship of
the board. Mr. Benton reported that
they attempted to contact every licensee in the state of Idaho.
Most of the convention was therapeutic oriented.
The next IOA board meeting will be tomorrow at 7:45 at the Doubletree
Riverside Inn. The next
convention will be Oct 31, 2003 through November 2, 2003 at the Riverside in
Boise Idaho. The 2004 conference
will also be in Boise Idaho. Mr.
Benton also reported that the newsletters are getting out on time.
Dr. Taylor made a motion to approve the
board minutes from the 10-24-02 board meeting with the understanding that Larry
Downard’s name would be changed to Larry Downar.
Dr. Walker seconded, carried.
Ms. Jacobsen gave the legislative report.
She reported that all rule changes are now complete and we had a 100%
success ratio on passage of the rules. Proposed
Optometry legislation was House bill #18 and House bill #3.
House bill #3 went across the senate floor on Monday.
If it passes, it will go to the Governor for signature.
The committee chairman, per the Bureau’s request, held House bill #18.
Ms. Jacobsen reported that everyone is being asked to come up with ways to cut costs. Some of the ways the Bureau has cut costs are:
Board discussed how continuing education
credits would be renewed with the new online system.
Mr. Hetrick explained that there is a question on the renewal form that
asks if they have received the continuing education as required by the laws and
rules of the Idaho State board of Optometry and that documented proof of
attendance is in their possession and will be provided upon request.
The board stated they did understand that there would be some unexpected
things come up during renewal time.
Board asked how the renewal process will
work if House Bill #3 is passed. Mr.
Hetrick explained that for licensees with birth dates between July 1st
and January 1st, the renewal fee will be pro-rated for 1 year plus
the number of days between July 1st and their birth date.
For licensees with birth dates between January 1st and
July 1st, the renewal fee will be pro-rated for the number of months
until their birth date.
Mr. Hetrick gave the financial report.
The board’s financial report as of the end of January 2003 shows a
balance of $-7,171.25. The
board’s special account shows a balance of $47,602.61.
Board discussed ways to keep the financial report out of the red.
The board may want to consider a fee increase for licensure and renewals.
The legislature would have to be contacted by July 01, 2003 if the board
decides they want to increase fees. The
board asked the Bureau to track 4 months of trend income, and let them know
where they anticipate they will be next May. The topic of fee increases will be
put on the next board meeting agenda. Dr.
Snapp made a motion to transfer $15,000.00 from the special account to the
Bureau. Seconded by Dr. Taylor, carried.
Dr. Snapp made a motion to approve the
financial report. Seconded by Dr.
Mr. Hetrick gave the investigation report.
There were 7 complaints in fiscal year 2002.
All of these complaints are now closed.
There have not been any complaints to date for fiscal year 2003.
Board discussed if proof of licensure from
other states should be required for licensure for clients who choose not to
apply for licensure through endorsement. The
board decided to obtain the information through the Internet when available, and
that licensure in other states should be confirmed and checked for any
The Bureau presented a new wall certificate
for Prescribing Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents to the board. Dr. Taylor motioned to approve the use of the new wall
certificates. Seconded by Dr. Snapp,
The Bureau presented a new application for
licensure to the board. The board
decided to put this on the next board meeting agenda, to give the board time to
look over the application and come up with any changes.
Continuing Education requests was submitted
to the board for approval. The
board approved all requests.
Dr. Dean will look at all correspondence
submitted before the board, and bring anything of importance to the next board
Correspondence was received from the
Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry, (ARBO).
The board discussed the request of submitting birth-dates to ARBO.
The Bureau pointed out that birth-dates are not public record.
The board agreed to submit everything requested except birth-dates.
The board asked the Bureau to put the ARBO
newsletter regarding contact lens on the website with a link to the ARBO
Next board meeting was scheduled as a
conference call on May 2, 2003 @ 8:30 a.m.
Moved by Dr. Dean at 4:50 p.m. to adjourn. Seconded by Dr. Taylor, and carried.
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