Monday, July 23, 2018

Gov. Fallin Signs Paperwork Placing Optometrist/Optician Issue on November Ballot


Governor Mary Fallin Signs Paperwork Placing Optometrist/Optician Issue on November Ballot

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today signed an election proclamation that places on the Nov. 6 general election ballot the question whether to allow optometrists and eyeglass retailers to operate in large retail stores.

The governor received information Monday certifying that the backers of the issue collected enough signatures to qualify for placement on the November ballot and that all of the other procedural requirements of state law had been met.

The issue, if approved by a majority of voters, would amend the state constitution by allowing optometrists or opticians to practice in retail establishments, and allows the Legislature to regulate them.

Oklahoma law prohibits consumers from getting their eyes examined and filling their eyeglasses prescription in the same store.

The deadline for the governor to sign election proclamations for state questions to be placed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot is Aug. 27.

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