Group seeks referendum on Arkansas optometrist law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A group has submitted a proposed referendum aimed at
overturning a new Arkansas law allowing optometrists to perform a broader range
of eye surgeries.

Safe Surgery Arkansas on Tuesday submitted a proposal that would put the new
law before voters next year if it submits about 53,493 valid signatures from
registered voters by July 23. If the group submits enough valid signatures, the
law would be suspended until the referendum goes before voters.

The law being challenged will allow optometrists to administer injections
around the eye, remove bumps and lesions from eyelids and perform certain types
of laser surgery now performed by ophthalmologists. It was approved by the
Legislature and signed into law earlier this year.

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