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OPTOMETRY LAWS OF OKLAHOMA

RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN OPTOMETRY

Title 505:1-1-1 Purpose
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      These set out the makeup of the Board, the administration of the Board's duties, the procedure and affect of enacted rules and the procedure for individual proceedings. These rules were enacted so that the Board can carry out its statutory duties.

Title 505:1-3-1 General Board Purpose and Method of Operation
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      The general purpose and method of the Board's operation is prescribed by the Legislature, and the Board acts as the agency in the exercise of the police powers of the State of Oklahoma for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the people of the State, for the purpose of licensing and regulating the practice of Optometry in the State by administrative and disciplinary procedures whereby licenses are issued, denied, suspended or revoked, in accordance with the Oklahoma Administrative Procedures Act and these rules and regulations, and to maintain personal data records on each licensee in this State.

Title 505:1-3-2 Powers and Duties of the Board
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      The Board shall have the following powers and duties, which shall include, but not necessarily limited:
      1) Conducting examinations required by law to determine the qualifications of persons seeking a license to practice optometry in the State of Oklahoma;
      2) To promulgate rules and regulations to control applications for examinations and the taking of examinations and the preparation and grading of examination papers;
      3) To issue, or refuse to issue, a license to practice optometry for any cause specified by law;
      4) To revoke or suspend for cause any license issued by the Board, after an opportunity for a hearing has been granted.
      5) To prescribe the forms of applications for licenses and the information to be shown thereon, and of all reports which it deems necessary in administering the law;
      6) To hire personnel it deems necessary to advise and assist in the performance of its duties;
      7) To collect and assess all fees prescribed by law and to deposit said fees in the "Board of Examiners in Optometry Revolving Fund", and to pay from said fund all necessary expenses incurred in the performance of its duties;
      8) To maintain personal data records on each applicant or licensee;
      9) To maintain proceedings to enjoin persons unlicensed from the practice of Optometry; and
      10) To perform any other duties or functions specified by law or deemed necessary for the proper administration and enforcement of the laws and rules and regulations governing the practice of Optometry.

Title 505:1-3-3 Board Composition and Officers
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      a) The Oklahoma Board of Examiners in Optometry is an administrative body consisting of five (5) members who are appointed by the Governor. The Board shall elect a President, Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer. The President shall perform such duties as prescribed by the Board and by law.
      b) The State Board of Examiners in Optometry consists of five (5) members, four (4) of whom shall be optometrists. The term of each licensed Optometrist member of the Board, one (1) being appointed each year, shall be five (5) years, or until a qualified successor is appointed. The lay member of the Board shall serve a term coterminous with that of the governor and shall serve at the pleasure of the governor.

Title 505:1-3-4 Board Meetings
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      a) Time and place of meetings. The Board meets from time to time, as official business requires and conducts examinations of applicants for registration as Optometrists. It's meetings are not in any particular place, but are usually held in Oklahoma City. The time and place of a meeting is fixed by a majority of the members of the Board. The Board shall meet at least twice a year, at a time and place as shall be designated by the Board.
      b) Special meetings. Special meetings may be called by the President, or whenever petitioned for by members of the Board.
      c) Quorum. Three (3) members of the Board shall constitute a quorum.
      d) Adoption of Robertís' Rules of Order. The Board will follow Roberts' Revised Rules of Order at its meetings, whenever any objection is made as to the manner in which it proceeds at a meeting.

Title 505:1-3-5 Official Board Records
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      Information as to the operations or business transacted by the Board can be obtained from any of the five (5) members of the Board, but the official records of the Board are kept by the Secretary-Treasurer, and such information is best obtained from him, and submissions or requests should also be made to him.

Title 505:1-3-6 Availability of Records and Manner of Obtaining Information
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      All files, records, minutes, proceedings, rules and regulations, documents, decisions and opinions, written statements of policy, orders, instructions, and written materials of any other nature required by law to be maintained by the Board are available for public inspection in the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer of the Board. Any person desiring any information concerning the Board, its policies or procedures, or any pertinent information concerning said organization or licensee may make submission or request to the Board, either in person or by mail, by directing such submissions or requests to the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer of the Oklahoma Board of Examiners in Optometry, 6912 E. Reno, Suite 302, Midwest City, OK 73110 or to such other office designated by the Board.

Title 505:1-3-7 Availability of Board Rules, Regulations, Policy Statements
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      Rules and regulations of the Board, and all other written statements of policy or interpretations, formulated, adopted, or used by the Board in the discharge of its functions, will be available in the office of the Secretary-Treasurer for public inspection from 9:00 o'clock a.m. to 4:00 o'clock p.m., daily, except Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays; and all final orders, decisions and opinions of the Board will similarly be available for public inspection.

Title 505:1-3-9 Annual License Fee
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      The annual license fee required by 59 O.S. Supp. 1994 Section 587 is set at $150.00 for each fiscal year beginning July 1, 1994


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