To expand on the authority given by the legislature in the Board's Practice Act, the Board may promulgate the following rule types: Emergency, Proposed, or Filed.

Emergency rules, once approved, are valid for 120 days. Proposed rules, once approved, are posted for a 45 day public comment period. Filed rules, once approved, have gone through the public comment period and are the current rules in effect for the Board and licensees. 

PROPOSED RULES AND REGULATIONS

Public notice is hereby given that the Wyoming Board of Examiners in Optometry intends to amend its rules.

The Board welcomes all comments and suggestions on these proposed rule amendments. Comments must be received in the Board office by January 8, 2018 to be considered and can be submitted by emailing emily.cronbaugh@wyo.gov or mailing:
Board of Examiners in Optometry
Attn: Emily Cronbaugh
2001 Capitol Ave, Room 104
Cheyenne, WY 82002

Any individual who comments on the rules may request that the Board provide a statement of principal reasons for overruling the individual’s comments. If requested, the statement will be issued either prior to or within thirty (30) days after the Board’s action.

A public hearing will be held by the Wyoming Board of Examiners in Optometry if requested by twenty-five (25) persons, by a governmental subdivision, or by an association having not less than twenty-five (25) members. Requests for a hearing should be directed to the agency at the above address by the date specified above. Notice of the hearing will be provided to all persons making a timely request therefor.

Proposed Rules and Regulations by Chapter:
Chapter 1 - General Provisions
Chapter 2 - Requirements for Licensure
Chapter 3 - Renewal and Relicensure
Chapter 4 - Fees
Chapter 5 - Standards of Practice
Chapter 6 - Handling of Complaints Against Licensees and Deficient Applications (REPEALED)
Chapter 7 - Process and Procedure for Application, Licensure, and Discipline Matters
Chapter 8 - Information Practices (REPEALED)
Appendix A - State of Wyoming Board of Examiners in Optometry Statutes 33-23-101 through 33-23-116 (REPEALED)

Statement of Reasons

Chapter 1 of the Proposed Rules indicates referencing the following materials by incorporation:
Chapter 2 - Uniform Procedures, Fees, Costs, and Charges for Inspection,

Chapter 2 - Uniform Rules for Contested Case Practice and Procedure, adopted by the Office of Administrative Hearings and effective on October 17, 2014

FILED RULES AND REGULATIONS (effective May 22, 2012)

Promulgated by authority under the Board of Examiners in Optometry Practice Act W.S. 33-23-101 through W.S. 33-23-117.

    Practice Act (also called Statute) 
    Current Rules and Regulations filed May 22, 2012

    Rules by Chapter:
    Chapter 1 - General
    Chapter 2 - Licensure Requirements & Application Process
    Chapter 3 - License Issuance and Renewal
    Chapter 4 - Fees
    Chapter 5 - Standards of Practice
    Chapter 6 - Handling of Complaints Against Licensees and Deficient Applications
    Chapter 7 - Contested Case Procedure for Disciplinary Action and Application Denials
    Chapter 8 - Information Practices

The Board's Rules and Practice Act have been listed above for your ease and convenience.  To obtain these materials directly from their source:

You can find the Rules on the Secretary of State's website at: https://rules.wyo.gov/. Click "Current Rules" and scroll down for "Optometry, Board of Examiners in (056)".

You can find the Practice Act (aka Statute) on the Wyoming Legislature's website at: http://legisweb.state.wy.us/LSOWEB/wyStatutes.aspx.  You will be searching for Title 33, Chapter 23 for the Board of Examiners in Optometry. 



The Board may clarify a requirement in the Rule or Statute by drafting an advisory. Licensees are expected to be familiar with, and adhere to, any drafted advisories.
    Advisory regarding fitting contact lenses (Mailed to all licensees on 8/24/15)



Other helpful references:
The Wyoming Board of Examiners in Optometry is staffed through the Professional Licensing Boards Office, a division of A&I.