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[s42] Gov. Pence Signs Sen. Leising’s Bill to Expand Vision Testing at Indiana Schools
Start Date: 4/25/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/25/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (April 25, 2013) — State Sen. Jean Leising’s (R-Oldenburg) legislation expanding vision testing in Indiana schools was signed into law today by Gov. Mike Pence.
Senate Enrolled Act 553  expands vision testing to students entering fifth grade. Current policy only requires screening for students entering kindergarten or first grade, third grade and eighth grade. SEA 553 also establishes new standards for vision testing, including that the exams for kindergartners and first graders must be performed by a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist.

“I am very grateful for Governor Pence’s support of this legislation to help ensure our students have appropriate screenings for vision deficiency,” Leising said. “This bill received unanimous support in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. I appreciate their support.”

Leising and Gov. Pence were joined for the ceremonial signing of SB 553 by several medical professionals, representatives of the Indiana Optometric Association and the Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology, Inc. and other state legislators.

Contact Information:
Name: Evan Eikenberry
Phone: 317-232-9498
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