Optometrists; increases number of hours of continuing education requirements. (HB564)

Introduced By

Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Optometrists; continuing education requirements. Increases the total number of hours of continuing education required for optometrists from 16 to 20, requires that at least 10 of such hours be obtained through real-time interactive activities, and provides that up to two of such hours may consist of courses related to recordkeeping or the management of an optometry practice, provided such courses are not primarily for the purpose of augmenting the licensee's income or promoting the sale of specific instruments or products. For TPA-certified optometrists, the bill requires at least 10 of the 20 hours be in the areas of ocular and general pharmacology, diagnosis and treatment of the human eye and its adnexa, including treatment with new pharmaceutical agents, or new or advanced clinical devices, techniques, modalities, or procedures. The bill allows optometrists who complete more than 20 hours of continuing education in a year to carry forward up to 10 hours to the next year and provides that the Board of Optometry is not prevented or limited from requiring additional hours or types of continuing education as part or in lieu of disciplinary action. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101654D
01/11/2016Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2016Impact statement from VDH (HB564)
01/21/2016Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2016Read first time
01/26/2016Read second time
01/26/2016Committee amendments agreed to
01/26/2016Engrossed by House as amended HB564E
01/26/2016Printed as engrossed 16101654D-E
01/27/2016Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/27/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2016Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/28/2016Impact statement from VDH (HB564E)
02/18/2016Reported from Education and Health (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2016Read third time
02/22/2016Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB564ER)
02/24/2016Impact statement from VDH (HB564ER)
02/24/2016Signed by Speaker
02/25/2016Signed by President
02/25/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/25/16
02/25/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 3, 2016
03/01/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 89 (effective 7/1/16)
03/01/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0089)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.