Professions and occupations; deregulation of certain professions. (HB2099)

Introduced By

Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) with support from co-patron Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Professions and occupations; deregulation of certain professions. Implements the recommendations of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission in its report on Operations and Performance of the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation by deregulating opticians, residential energy analysts, and common interest community managers. The bill also reorganizes provisions of the Code relating to the Common Interest Community Board to account for the removal of regulatory authority over common interest community managers. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102517D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/29/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2099)
02/05/2019Left in General Laws


Jeanne Kirby writes:

I have only worn glasses for 15 years, but have had many changes to my eyes/glasses in that time. For the health and care of my eyes I do not want someone whose is not licensed to have charge of my vision and the glasses that I need to be able to perform my job at work. I do not believe that someone who has no license will continue to keep up with optical changes and improvements. I believe that more mistakes will be made in the technical area if this regulation is omitted. Due to the fact that the licensed optician, with their knowledge, is the final person to inspect, find and help correct any errors in my glasses and has a one-on-one with me about what I can see or not see, I want/need a qualified, licensed technician. How safe will it be for everyone if glasses wearers are operating machinery, driving cars and even walking with glasses that are incorrect?