Florida Senate - 2022                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 768
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                   Comm: WD            .                                
                  02/15/2022           .                                

       Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services (Book)
       recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 1122 and 1123
    4  insert:
    5         Section 15. Subsection (1) of section 484.007, Florida
    6  Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         484.007 Licensure of opticians; permitting of optical
    8  establishments.—
    9         (1) Any person desiring to practice opticianry shall apply
   10  to the department, upon forms prescribed by it, to take a
   11  licensure examination. The department shall examine each
   12  applicant who the board certifies:
   13         (a) Has completed the application form and remitted a
   14  nonrefundable application fee set by the board, in the amount of
   15  $100 or less, and an examination fee set by the board, in the
   16  amount of $325 plus the actual per applicant cost to the
   17  department for purchase of portions of the examination from the
   18  American Board of Opticianry or a similar national organization,
   19  or less, and refundable if the board finds the applicant
   20  ineligible to take the examination;
   21         (b) Is not less than 18 years of age;
   22         (c) Is a graduate of an accredited high school or possesses
   23  a certificate of equivalency of a high school education; and
   24         (d)1. Has received an associate degree, or its equivalent,
   25  in opticianry from an educational institution the curriculum of
   26  which is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized and
   27  approved by the United States Department of Education or the
   28  Council on Postsecondary Education or approved by the board;
   29         2. Is an individual licensed to practice the profession of
   30  opticianry pursuant to a regulatory licensing law of another
   31  state, territory, or jurisdiction of the United States, who has
   32  actively practiced in such other state, territory, or
   33  jurisdiction for more than 3 years immediately preceding
   34  application, and who meets the examination qualifications as
   35  provided in this subsection; or
   36         3. Is an individual who has actively practiced in another
   37  state, territory, or jurisdiction of the United States for more
   38  than 5 years immediately preceding application and who provides
   39  tax or business records, affidavits, or other satisfactory
   40  documentation of such practice and who meets the examination
   41  qualifications as provided in this subsection; or
   42         4. Has registered as an apprentice with the department and
   43  paid a registration fee not to exceed $60, as set by rule of the
   44  board. The apprentice shall complete 6,240 hours of training
   45  under the supervision of an optician licensed in this state for
   46  at least 1 year or of a physician or optometrist licensed under
   47  the laws of this state. These requirements must be met within 5
   48  years after the date of registration. However, any time spent in
   49  a recognized school may be considered as part of the
   50  apprenticeship program provided herein. The board may establish
   51  administrative processing fees sufficient to cover the cost of
   52  administering apprentice rules as promulgated by the board.
   53         Section 16. Section 484.011, Florida Statutes, is amended
   54  to read:
   55         484.011 License required Supportive personnel.—No person
   56  other than a licensed optician may engage in the practice of
   57  opticianry, except that a licensed optician may delegate to
   58  nonlicensed supportive personnel those duties, tasks, and
   59  functions which fall within the purview of s. 484.002(3). All
   60  such delegated acts shall be performed under the direct
   61  supervision of a licensed optician, who shall be responsible for
   62  all such acts performed by persons under her or his supervision.
   64  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   65  And the title is amended as follows:
   66         Delete line 58
   67  and insert:
   68         directors; amending s. 484.007, F.S.; revising
   69         education and training requirements for optician
   70         licensure; amending s. 484.011, F.S.; removing the
   71         ability of licensed opticians to delegate certain
   72         duties, tasks, and functions to nonlicensed supportive
   73         personnel; amending s. 490.003, F.S.; defining the