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HB 1251 Passes Out of Committee: Call Your Senator TODAY!

Despite powerful testimony from Charlotte Allison, a patient whose eyes were permanently damaged by a laser used by an optometrist, the Senate Public Health Committee voted 5 to 2 in favor of passing the Optometrists Eye Surgery Bill onto the full Senate.  The following Senators voted for the bill:

  • Senator Scott Flippo (Bull Shoals)
  • Senator Kim Hammer (Benton)
  • Senator Bart Hester (Cave Springs)
  • Senator Jimmy Hickey (Texarkana)
  • Senator David Wallace (Leachville)

It could be heard TOMORROW, so we need you to CALL YOUR SENATOR and ask them to vote NO on HB 1251 because it poses a risk to patient safety. You can leave messages for your Senator by calling the switchboard for the Senate at (501) 682-2902.  Be sure you mention the House Bill number (1251), tell them who you are are why you’re opposed to the bill, and keep it brief and concise.

Watch Mrs. Allison’s testimony here:




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1 thought on “HB 1251 Passes Out of Committee: Call Your Senator TODAY!”

  1. Linda Covey says:

    Please vote NO to HB 1251. The people of Arkansas should only have ophthalmologists doing any kind of surgery on their eyes, not optometrists. Please help protect people who do not understand the difference in their training, thank you

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