Idaho State Board of Optometry
Bureau of Occupational Licenses
1109 Main Street, Suite 220
Boise, Idaho 83702-5642
(208) 334-3233

Minutes of February 13, 2004

   

ROLL CALL:     Scott Taylor, Chair

      Gary Walker, Vice Chair

                         John Rietz, Board Member

                         Steven Snapp, Board Member

                         Daniel Tiller, Board Member

                       

                             

ALSO PRESENT:      Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief

                                   Sandee Hitesman, Office Specialist II

                                                                                                      

The meeting was called to order at 8:35 a.m. by Chair, Scott Taylor. 

Motion was made by Dr. Rietz to accept the minutes of the October 30, 2003 board meeting as written.  Seconded by Dr. Tiller, carried. 

Ms. Jacobsen gave the legislative report.  The board’s rules have been heard in the house and senate, and will go into effect at the close of the session.  Ms. Jacobsen noted two pieces of legislation of interest to the board.  One is to increase investigative authority for the Bureau, obligating compliance with an investigative request for records, documents and information during a complaint investigation.  The person who has the records will have the right to petition district court if they disagree with the request.  This piece of legislation has passed the house, and will now be heard by the senate.  The second piece of legislation set up the Drinking Water and Waste Water Operators Board under the Bureau. Until now the Operators have been licensed under DEQ.  The Bureau is in the process of requesting additional employees to help with the extra responsibilities.  The Bureau will now have 19 boards to help with the operating costs of the Bureau.  

Ms. Jacobsen gave the financial report.  The board has $16,194.33 left in appropriation, with a cash balance of $795.06.  The board’s special account has $52,219.62 left in appropriation, with a cash balance of $54,562.19.  Ms. Jacobsen noted that the $10,000.00 the board approved for   sponsoring the Children’s Vision for the Primary Care Optometrist program sponsored by the Idaho Optometric Association Congress and the Children’s vision initiative has not been submitted at this time.  The board asked approximately how much money holding conference call meetings saved?  Ms. Jacobsen noted that approximately $1500.00 per meeting is saved by holding conference call meetings.   

Motion was made by Dr. Tiller to approve the financial report.  Seconded by Dr. Snapp, carried. 

Ms. Jacobsen gave the investigation report.  The bureau now has a new process for reviewing complaints.  Budd, John and Rayola are reviewing all complaints once a month.  There have been 5 complaints for fiscal year 2004, with 3 of these are currently under investigation.  One is under legal review, and one is awaiting board determination.  There were 2 complaints for fiscal year 2003.  One of these complaints is still under investigation.   

The board reviewed case #OPT-B6A-3-2004-1.  Motion was made by Dr. Walker to close this investigation.  Seconded by Dr. Snapp, carried. 

The board reviewed an application for licensure by endorsement.  Motion was made by Dr. Snapp to approve this applicant for licensure.  Seconded by Dr. Rietz, carried. 

The board reviewed an application for reactivation of Optometry license that has been expired for more than five years.  Applicant has not passed the TMOD examination.  Motion was made by Dr. Snapp to send a letter to applicant stating that the legislature is now reviewing a rule change that would not require passage of the TMOD examination, and an application for reactivation of Optometry license would be approved once this legislation is passed and rule goes into effect.  Seconded by Dr. Tiller, carried. 

The board discussed what documentation would be required once the new rule change, regarding the TMOD examination for endorsement applicants, goes into effect.  The board noted that the current rule states that the state the applicant is coming in from must have similar requirements for licensure as Idaho. 

The board reviewed two requests for a hardship waiver of the continuing education requirements for their 2004 license renewals.   

Motion was made by Dr. Tiller to accept the first request for a hardship waiver.  Seconded by Dr. Snapp, carried. 

Motion was made by Dr. Walker to accept the second request for a hardship waiver.  Seconded by Dr. Tiller, carried. 

The board discussed a request from Dr. Gary Knave asking the board for a letter that states commercial Optometrists do not have the ability to set hours and fees.  The board noted that commercial settings are outside of the Optometry laws and rules.  The Board could revoke an Optometrists license for violating Section 4, unprofessional conduct.  It was noted that the board could not proceed with disciplinary action unless a complaint had been filed and an investigation was conducted, and that specific matters should be addressed to the Bureau rather than the Board members.

The board reviewed a survey request from the Kansas State Board.  Ms. Hitesman will complete the survey and forward onto the Kansas State Board. 

The board reviewed a request for continuing education approval from International Expo West.  The board approved this request. 

The board discussed sending someone to the ARBO meeting in June.  The board approved sending Dr. Rietz to this meeting. 

Dr. Taylor will notify the Bureau of a good date and time for the next board meeting.  The board agreed that they would meet at the Bureau. 

Motion was made by Dr. Walker to adjourn at 9:55 a.m.  Seconded by Dr. Tiller, carried. 


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