Board Meetings

Location

Unless otherwise stated, Board Meetings are held at the William P. Hobby Building, 333 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas.

Next Meeting

November 2 – 3, 2017

Agenda

Secretary of State
Committee Agendas: Secretary of State
The Board files an agenda at least seven days before each meeting. At each meeting, a time-certain is established on the agenda for public comment.


Meeting Schedule (2017)

February 9–10   /   April 27–28   /   August 3–4   /   November 2–3


Recent Rule Changes

8/4/17

Adopted Rules: Rule §271.2:  Changes to application procedures required by Senate Bill 314. Also amendments to Rule §273.8 concerning criminal history required by Senate Bill 314 to renew license.

Proposed Rules:  The board proposed amendments to §273.4 concerning fee changes required to access national license databank and assist with the funding of the Prescription Monitoring Program. The board also proposed amendments to §277.1 concerning requirements in Senate Bill 314 regarding anonymous complaints and confidentiality of complaint process. New §277.11 was proposed with guidelines for ordering a physical or mental examination. The proposed amendments were published in the September 8, 2017, issue of the Texas Register.

2/10/17

Proposed Rules: The board proposed amendments to §271.2 concerning changes required by Senate Bill 314 to the application process. The board also proposed amendments to §273.8 concerning criminal history requirements in Senate Bill 314 for optometrists renewing their license. The proposed amendments were published in the June 23, 2017, issue of the Texas Register.

11/4/16

Adopted Rules: Contracting procedures required by state law are set out in the amended Rule §272.3.

8/5/16

Adopted Rules: Changes to Rule §273.4 concerning renewal fee changes for Optometric Glaucoma Specialists under authority of Senate Bill 195, 84th Legislature.

Proposed Rules: Amendments to §272.3 concerning contracting procedures required by state law. The proposed rule was published in the Texas Register.

5/6/16

Proposed Rules: Amendments to §273.4 concerning renewal fee changes for Optometric Glaucoma Specialists under authority of Senate Bill 195, 84th Legislature. The proposed rule was published in the Texas Register, and adopted at the August 2016 Board Meeting.

2/19/16

Adopted Rules: Changes to Rule §273.14 concerning applications by military service members, military spouses and veterans.

11/6/15

Proposed Rules: Amendments to amend Rule §273.14 concerning applications by military service members, military spouses and veterans. The proposed rule will be published in the Texas Register.

Adopted Rules: Changes to §273.4 concerning lower license fees to comply with House Bill 7, 84th Legislature.

8/7/15

Proposed Rule: Amendments to Rule 273.4 concerning reductions to initial and license renewal fees. The amendments proposed at the May 8, 2015 meeting were withdrawn. The proposed rule was published in the September 18, 2015, issue of the Texas Register.

5/8/15

Proposed Rule: Amendments to Rule 273.4 concerning changes to initial and license renewal fees.

Adopted Rules: Changes to §280.6 concerning administration of amniotic membranes and the dispensing of therapeutic contact lenses.