CHAPTER 94

STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN OPTOMETRY

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 31 OF THE REVISED CODE OF DELAWARE, 1935, RELATIVE TO DELAWARE STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN OPTOMETRY; QUALIFICATIONS FOR EXAMINATION; INCREASING FEE FOR RE-EXAMINATION; PROVIDING FOR COMPENSATION AND EXPENSES; INCREASING ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEE AND REVOCATION OF CERTIFICATE FOR NON-PAYMENT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That 1006, Section 5, Chapter 31 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, be and the same is hereby amended by striking out all of 1006, Section 5, and substituting in lieu thereof the following:

1006. Section 5. Optometrists' Qualifications; Registration of; Fees:--Every person before beginning to practice Optometry in this State, after the passage of this Act, must be at least twenty-one years of age, of good moral character, must have had a preliminary education of at least four years of high school or the equivalent, from a state department of public education, or from a first class university entrance examination, and have graduated from a school or college approved by the Board of Examiners which maintains a course of optometry of at least four years of not less than thirty-two months of residence work in optometry, and shall take an examination before said Board of Examiners to determine his or her qualifications. Said examination shall be given at least once each year and shall consist of tests in Practical Optics, Theoretical Optics, Physiological Optics, Theoretical Optometry, Practical Optometry, Orthoptics, Ocular Anatomy and Physiology, General Anatomy, General Physiology, Pathology and Hygiene, and such other knowledge as the Board deems essential to the practice of optometry. Any person desiring to be examined by said Board shall file his or her application accompanied by an examination fee of Twenty-five Dollars, and shall appear before said Board at such time and place as said Board may designate. All persons successfully passing such examination shall be registered in the Board Register, which shall be kept by the Secretary of said Board, as licensed to practice optometry, and shall also receive a certificate of such registration, to be signed by the President and Secretary of said Board, which shall be filed as herein provided. If any applicant be rejected, he or she shall be entitled to be admitted to another examination without further payment, but for all subsequent examination, he or she shall pay an examination fee of Twenty-five Dollars.

Section 2. That 1012, Section 11, Chapter 31 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, be and the same is hereby amended by striking out all of 1012, Section 11, and substituting in lieu thereof the following:

1012.. Section 11. Compensation and Expenses; Receipts to be Paid to State Treasurer; Salaries and Expenses, &c., How Paid; Bond of Treasurer; Annual Report:--Each member of the Board may receive, as compensation, the sum of Five Dollars for each day actually engaged in the duties of his office, and mileage for all distances necessarily traveled in going to and coming from the meetings of the Board.

All money or income received by the said Board from taxes, fees and/or operations, and all other sources whatsoever, directly or indirectly, shall be paid to the State Treasurer monthly and shall be credited to the General Fund. All disbursements made by the said Board for salaries, expenses or other authorized expenditures, shall be paid by the State Treasurer, out of funds appropriated by the General Assembly for such purpose, on vouchers issued by the proper officer or officers of the said Board.

The Treasurer of the said Board shall give such bonds as the Board shall from time to time direct. The said Board shall make an annual report of its proceedings to the Governor on the first Monday of January of each year, which report shall contain an account of all monies received by the said Board for the preceding year pursuant to this Chapter.

Section 3. That 1013, Section 12, Chapter 31 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, be and the same is hereby amended by striking out the word "two" as it appears on the seventh line thereof after the word "of" and before the word "dollars" and inserting in lieu thereof the word "three" and by striking out the word "five" as it appears on the twentieth line thereof before the word "dollars" and inserting in lieu thereof the word "twenty-five."

Approved April 12, 1939.