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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                             Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair
                            2015 - 2016  Regular  Session

          AB 684 (Alejo) - Healing arts: licensees: disciplinary actions.
          
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          |Version: June 30, 2015          |Policy Vote: B., P. & E.D. 7 -  |
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          |Urgency: Yes                    |Mandate: No                     |
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          |Hearing Date: August 27, 2015   |Consultant: Brendan McCarthy    |
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          *********** ANALYSIS ADDENDUM - SUSPENSE FILE ***********
             The following information is revised to reflect amendments 
                     adopted by the committee on August 27, 2015


          Bill  
          Summary:  AB 684 would transfer authority for licensing  
          dispensing opticians from the Medical Board to the Board of  
          Optometry. The bill would authorize lease agreements between  
          opticians and optometrists. The bill would prohibit the  
          enforcement of the existing prohibition on financial  
          relationships between licensed optometrists and dispensing  
          opticians until January 1, 2019.


          Fiscal  
          Impact:  
           Unknown additional costs for the Board of Optometry to assume  
            licensing and enforcement responsibilities for dispensing  
            opticians from the Medical Board (State Optometry Fund),  
            offset by reduced costs to the Medical Board (Contingent Fund  
            of the Medical Board of California).







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           Unknown additional enforcement costs for the Board of  
            Optometry to enforce licensing requirements on dispensing  
            opticians and optometrists that enter into lease agreements  
            (State Optometry Fund).


          Committee  
          Amendments:  Delete the existing provisions of the bill,  
          transfer authority for licensing dispensing opticians from the  
          Medical Board to the Board of Optometry, authorize lease  
          agreements between opticians and optometrists, and prohibit the  
          enforcement of the existing prohibition on financial  
          relationships between licensed optometrists and dispensing  
          opticians until January 1, 2019.


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