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

Minutes of May 06, 2005


ROLL CALL:   Gary Walker, Chair

                        Steven Snapp, Vice Chair

                        John Rietz, Board Member

                        Daniel Tiller, Board Member

                        Michael Flandro, Board Member


BUREAU STAFF:    Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief

                                 Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

    Sandee Hitesman, Office Specialist II


OTHER’S PRESENT:  Larry Benton, Idaho Optometry Association


Chairman, Gary Walker, called meeting to order at 1:05 p.m. 

Dr. Rietz joined the meeting via conference call at 1:15 p.m. 

Dr. Flandro joined the meeting at 1:17 p.m. 

Motion was made by Dr. Tiller to approve the minutes of the February 18, 2005 board meeting as written.   Seconded by Dr. Snapp, carried. 

Ms. Jacobsen gave the legislative report.  Legislation presented by the board to change the license renewal dates to birth dates passed.  The Bureau will be providing services to three new boards in fiscal year 2006; Contractors, Propane Dealers, and Naturopathic Physicians.

Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters will be combined with Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists under the new Speech and Hearing Services Board. The Bureau has received hiring authority for three new investigators and two new secretaries to help maintain these new boards.  The Bureau will also be remodeling the office to make room for the new employees. 

Ms. Jacobsen gave the financial report.  As of 3-31-2005, the board has a balance of $8,213.78 in appropriation with a negative cash balance of $8,560.53.  The board has an appropriation of $50,658.82 in the special account with a cash balance of $67,109.15.  Ms. Jacobsen noted that the billing for the ISBO Sponsored Education Program 2004 Idaho Congress has just been received today from Larry Benton. 

Motion was made by Dr. Snapp to allow the Bureau to transfer $25,000.00 from the board’s special account to the board’s general account.  The Bureau is authorized to pay up to $10,000.00 for the ISBO Sponsored Education Program 2004 Idaho Congress.  Seconded by Dr. Tiller, carried. 

Ms. Jacobsen gave the investigative report.  There have been four complaints for fiscal year 2005.  Three of these are currently under investigation, and one has been closed subsequent to legal review.  There were seven complaints for fiscal year 2004.  Two of these complaints have been closed, two are closed subsequent to legal review, and three are under investigation.  There were two complaints for fiscal year 2003.  One of these complaints is closed, and one is currently under investigation.  

The Bureau has hired an investigator for the Northern Region.  This investigator is currently in training, and should be in the field within the next week. 

The board reviewed a disciplinary matter OPT-2005-1, concerning an Optician alleged to be writing prescriptions and forging an Optometrists name.  The Idaho Optometric act exempts Opticians from regulation.  Attorney, Roger Hales, will follow up with Deputy Attorney General, Stephanie Guyon, on investigating this case further.  Mr. Hales noted that the exemption in the Optometric Act may have to be addressed.  The board discussed striking the last sentence in Section 54-1502, I.C.  The board asked Mr. Larry Benton to approach the IOA with a request for their assistance in changing the law, and to contact the AOA regarding the board’s intentions.  Mr. Benton noted that he would approach the IOA at their next meeting.  

Motion was made by Dr. Tiller to direct attorney, Roger Hales, to pursue contacting the Deputy Attorney General in allowing the board to take action in the complaint against case#OPT-2005-1.  Seconded by Dr. Reitz, carried. 

Attorney, Roger Hales, discussed the legislative basis behind the board’s special account.  In 1919 the Optometry Act was created.  At that time, law enforcement enforced the Optometry Act.  Licensing fees were sent to a General Fund account.  In 1972, Legislation created the State of Idaho Board of Optometry, and the State Board fund.  Law Enforcement was still the regulating agency.  Now there were two funds, one with the State Board of Optometry, and one with law enforcement.  In 1974, Legislation created the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses.  The State of Idaho Board of Optometry was put under the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses at this time, and the “two fund” system was not changed.  

The board reviewed the proposed law changes.  

Motion was made by Dr. Tiller to approve the proposed language for law changes as written.  Seconded by Dr. Flandro, carried. 

Mr. Larry Benton addressed the board.  The Optometric Association is very appreciative of the State Board of Optometry’s sponsorship of the continuing education program each year. 

The Optometric Association is holding another conference this year on September 22, 2005 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  There will be a total of 24 continuing education hours offered.  Six of those hours will be in practice management, and 18 hours will be clinical.  This seminar is free to Idaho Optometrists.  Breakfast and snacks are furnished, along with all registration materials.  Mr. Benton noted that the association is able to offer this seminar free each year, because of the State Board of Optometry’s sponsorship.  

Motion was made by Dr. Snapp to sponsor $10,000.00 for the ISBO Sponsored Education Program 2005 Idaho Congress.  Seconded by Dr. Tiller, carried. 

The board received a letter regarding the board’s license renewal form.  The Bureau has bolded certain items on the renewal form, to help the form be returned to the Bureau completed.  If this form is not completed, it is returned to the licensee for completion.  If this form is not received completed in the office before the license expires, the licensee must pay a license reinstatement fee set by the board, to activate this license.  The renewal form is a standard form used for all professions under the Bureau of Occupational Licenses.  

Motion was made by Dr. Tiller to close this issue, and not respond to the respondent.  Seconded by Dr. Snapp, carried. 

The board reviewed continuing education audits.  The board approved all audits submitted. 

A request was submitted to the board regarding obtaining CPR certification on-line.  It was noted that the board will not allow on-line CPR certification. 

The board discussed adding a CPR course to the IOA convention in September 2005.  Dr. Walker will discuss with the IOA about adding a CPR course to this convention.  

It was noted that Dr. Walker’s term will expire with the board June 30, 2005.  Dr. Steven Snapp will be the State of Idaho Board of Optometry Chairman starting July 01, 2005. 

The next board meeting is scheduled for August 05, 2005 @ 9:00 a.m. in conference room C. 

Motion was made by Dr. Rietz to adjourn the meeting at 3:00 p.m.  Seconded by Dr. Tiller, carried.

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