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: