Thursday, June 14, 2018

SQ793 signatures certified, moving closer to November ballot vote



SECRETARY OF STATE CERTIFIES NEARLY 250,000 SIGNATURES SUPPORTING BALLOT QUESTION TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO QUALITY EYE CARE 

SQ 793 Moves Closer To Appearing On November Ballot And Giving Oklahomans 
The Power To Modernize State Optical Laws

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (JUNE 14) — The Secretary of State today certified 249,451 valid signatures collected by the Yes on 793 campaign in support of adding State Question 793 to the November ballot, which will give Oklahomans an opportunity to improve access to quality and affordable vision care and eyewear.

“Today’s announcement by the Secretary of State confirms the groundswell of grassroots support we have long seen for modernizing our state’s outdated optical laws,” said Tim Tippit, Chairman of Yes on 793. “Oklahomans are sending a loud and clear message that they want the same access to convenient and affordable eye care that virtually all other Americans enjoy. It is time to listen to the communities of Oklahoma and give them the opportunity in November to bring our optical laws into the 21st century.”

SQ 793 would create greater choice and convenience for patients in Oklahoma seeking eye care by allowing them to receive eye exams or purchase eye hardware from retail locations such as Costco, Target and Walmart, rather than solely in optometry offices. Oklahoma is one of only three states that currently prohibits optometrists from opening practices in commercial settings.

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