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

Minutes of July 09, 2004 


ROLL CALL:       Gary Walker, Chair

                            Steven Snapp, Vice Chair

                            John Rietz, Board Member

                            Daniel Tiller, Board Member                       


BUREAU STAFF:      Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief

                                   Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                   Sandee Hitesman, Office Specialist II

                                   Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney 


Vice Chair, Gary Walker, called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. 

Motion was made by Dr. Tiller to elect board member Gary Walker as Chairman and Dr. Steven Snapp as Vice Chairman of the State of Idaho Board of Optometry,.  Seconded by Dr. Rietz, carried.  

Motion was made by Dr. Snapp to approve the minutes of the May 21, 2004 Board meeting minutes as amended.  Seconded by Dr. Tiller, carried. 

Ms. Jacobsen gave the legislative report and submitted proposed legislation to update the wording in Section 54-1507 regarding annual renewals.  

Motion was made by Dr. Tiller to accept the proposed legislation.  Seconded by Dr. Snapp, carried. 

At the last board meeting, the board had requested that two follow up letters be sent to those licensee’s who did not renew their license on time.  The bureau presented a cost analysis showing the total cost to the Board for the first year of approximately, $1600.00, or about $66.47 per letter.  Most of the first year’s expenses would be for programming and development costs.  After the first year, the cost per letter would be approximately $7.50. 

Motion was made by Dr. Snapp to approve sending out two follow up letters, with the second letter being certified, to all licensees who do not renew their license by the expiration date.  Seconded by Dr. Tiller, carried. 

Mr. Hetrick gave the financial report.  The online financial report is now generated directly from the Bureau’s financial system.  Past financial reports can also be accessed from the website.  The board had $5,594.09 in appropriation and a cash balance of $1,927.32 at the end of 2004 fiscal year. The board’s special account had $40,623.26 in appropriation with a cash balance of $53,525.33 at the end of 2004 fiscal year.  The Bureau is currently working on the budgets for fiscal year 2005. 

Motion was made by Dr. Rietz to move $10,000.00 from the board’s special account to the Bureau account.  Seconded by Dr. Tiller, carried. 

The Bureau received notification from the Treasure’s office stating that deposits made to the board’s special account will now have to be made separately from those deposited to the Bureau account.   The only way to accomplish this would be to ask each licensee to send in two different checks for each license.  One check would be for the Bureau account, and one would be for the special account. 

The board asked the Bureau to contact the treasurer’s office for clarification.  The Bureau will contact the chairman when they receive clarification, and a board meeting will be set up if needed. 

Mr. Hetrick gave the investigation report.  There were 7 complaints for fiscal year 2004.  Two of those complaints are closed and three are still under investigation.  One complaint is pending disciplinary action and one is awaiting board determination.  There were two complaints for fiscal year 2003.  One is still under investigation. 

The board reviewed complaint OPT-P1-1-2004-8: 

Motion was made by Dr. Snapp to appoint a Deputy Attorney General as a special prosecutor to analyze the complaint and determine possible prosecution.  Seconded by Dr. Tiller, carried. 

The board discussed the definition of an Optician.  It was noted that an Optician can be trained on the job.  

Commercial practice was discussed further.  The board had previously discussed appointing a sub-committee to investigate commercial practices.  Roger Hales noted that the board might have to equally investigate every commercial practice in Idaho.  Dr. Tiller, Dr. Rietz and Roger Hales were asked to be the members of the sub-committee to discuss a law or rule change regarding commercial practices.  Dr. Walker will get information to the sub-committee members along with the information Mr. Benton receives from the State of Tennessee.  The sub-committee will review this information and compile further information and have a report ready for the next board meeting. 

The Board reviewed the Bureau prepared insert, for each renewed license, that notes the address of the Board’s website.  

Motion was made by Dr. Snapp to approve the above insert.  Seconded by Dr. Rietz, carried. 

Correspondence from the Department of Finance regarding consumer credit was discussed. 

Motion was made by Dr. Snapp to post this notice on the board’s website, and take the consumer credit notice to the next Optometric Association Meeting and have Larry Benton post in the next association newsletter.  Seconded by Dr. Tiller, carried.  

OPT-DLW-05-21-2004:  Application for licensure by endorsement was reviewed.  

Motion was made by Dr. Tiller to approve the application for licensure.  Seconded by Dr. Snapp, carried. 

Motion was made by Dr. Tiller to set the next Optometry board meeting for October 29, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. here at the Bureau of Occupational licenses.  Seconded by Dr. Rietz, carried. 

The board noted that they would like to reserve conference call meeting for winter months. 

Motion was made by Dr. Tiller to adjourn at 10:35 a.m.  Seconded by Dr. Snapp, carried.   

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