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California bill expanding optometrists’ authority on hold
Sacramento Bee

State Sen. Ed Hernandez is giving up for this year his effort to expand the kinds of medical services optometrists can offer in California. The Democrat from West Covina said Monday that he is pulling his Senate Bill 492 from any further action in the Legislature this year, and will instead push for its passage in 2014. The bill would allow optometrists to diagnose and treat all kinds of ailments related to the eye, including conditions such as diabetes.

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