Optometrists; those licensed may sell contact lenses & allowed to dispense ophthalmic devices. (HB1943)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville) with support from 21 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Kris Amundson (D-Mount Vernon), Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Martinsville), Del. Chuck Caputo (D-Oak Hill), Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville), Del. Frank Hall (D-Richmond), Del. Phil Hamilton (R-Newport News), Del. Frank Hargrove (R-Glen Allen), Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), Del. Bill Janis (R-Glen Allen), Del. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond), Del. Bobby Mathieson (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville), Del. Dave Nutter (R-Christiansburg), Del. Bud Phillips (D-Castlewood), Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. Steve Shannon (D-Vienna), Del. Jim Shuler (D-Blacksburg), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Margi Vanderhye (D-McLean), Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Optometrists; contact lenses and ophthalmic devices. Specifies that only licensed optometrists and ophthalmologists, or licensed opticians with a contact lens endorsement may sell contact lenses, and allows licensed optometrists and ophthalmologists to dispense ophthalmic devices that contain medication. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 094094676
01/13/2009Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1943)
01/22/2009Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2009Committee substitute printed 093264676-H1
01/23/2009Read first time
01/26/2009Passed by for the day
01/27/2009Passed by for the day
01/28/2009Read second time
01/28/2009Committee substitute agreed to 093264676-H1
01/28/2009Amendments by Delegate Peace agreed to
01/28/2009Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments HB1943EH1
01/28/2009Printed as engrossed 093264676-EH1
01/29/2009Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N)
01/29/2009VOTE: --- PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
01/30/2009Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/12/2009Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2009Committee substitute printed 094149676-S1
02/12/2009Substitute bill reprinted 094149676-S1
02/13/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2009Read third time
02/16/2009Reading of substitute waived
02/16/2009Committee substitute agreed to 094149676-S1
02/16/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1943S1
02/16/2009Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2009Placed on Calendar
02/18/2009Senate substitute agreed to by House 094149676-S1 (98-Y 0-N)
02/18/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1943ER)
02/24/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1943ER)
02/24/2009Signed by Speaker
02/25/2009Signed by President
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 353 (effective 7/1/09)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0353)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1075.