(HB 1036)

Optometrist license reciprocity.

         ENTITLED, An Act to  revise certain provisions regarding the certification of an optometrist from another state and to increase the fee for a certificate of registration.


     Section  1.  That § 36-7-13 be amended to read as follows:

     36-7-13.   By way of substitution for the requirements in subdivisions 36-7-11(3), (4), and (5) and in § 36-7-12 § §  36-7-12, 36-7-12.1 and 36-7-31 , a candidate for licensure in this state may be given a certificate of registration by paying a fee of fifty one hundred seventy-five dollars upon proof to the Board of Examiners by certified copy of the certificate of registration issued to said the candidate by another state United States jurisdiction where the requirements for registration shall be are deemed by the South Dakota State Board to be the equivalent to those provided by this chapter; provided such state shall accord like privileges to holders of certificates of the South Dakota State Board if the candidate passes the examination administered by the board required by this chapter or presents satisfactory evidence to the board of having passed substantially similar examinations in another jurisdiction, and the candidate has practiced optometry in such the other state for at least five consecutive years immediately prior to his the candidate's application for registration in South Dakota. The board may promulgate rules, pursuant to chapter 1-26, to establish standards for licensure through endorsement pursuant to this section, including the level and status of licensure required, the evidence required to establish that the requirements for registration in the jurisdiction in which the candidate is licensed are substantially similar to those required by this chapter, the procedure and contents required for submitting the application, and any additional education, testing, or training necessary to ensure the competency of the candidate.

     Signed February 14, 2006