Legislative Conference

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The NOA Legislative Conference provides an important annual opportunity for optometrists to meet with state senators en masse, and the larger the turnout by ODs, the more of an impression it makes on state senators.  Held in Lincoln, usually in February, during the State Legislative Session. The event focuses on legislative and regulatory issues critical to the profession and includes an opportunity to develop or renew relationships with state lawmakers.

February 16, 2017
Nebraska Club | 233 South 13th Street, Suite 2000 | Lincoln, NE 68508


8:00 am - Registration

8:45 am - Information Session

  • Margaret Woeppel, MSN, RN, President-Elect of the Nebraska Rural Health Association. Her presentation kicking off our conference will share perspectives on the NRHA's public policy priorities and projections for the healthcare marketplace in Nebraska.
    Health care policy in Nebraska.
    An overview from the Chairman of the Legislature's Health & Human Services Committee, Sen. Merv Riepe.
  • Key legislative challenges & opportunities for the profession. An update on critical legislative & regulatory issues facing optometry from LeeAnn Barrett, OD, Executive Director, Missouri Optometric Association and AOA State Government Relations Committee member.
  • Talking points to discuss with your senator. Highlights of bills introduced in the 2017 Nebraska Legislature that impact optometry and key points to discuss with your senator.  

12:00 noon- Luncheon with State Senators
Join your senator for conversation over lunch.

1:30 pm - (Optional) NOA discussion & member input
Join members of the Board of Directors for informal, roundtable discussions about current and future NOA activities involving professional development, membership and advocacy.