OKC Chamber Endorses SQ793, Says Measure “Enhances Accessibility For Consumers”


State’s Largest Coalition Of Businesses Encourages Oklahomans To Vote ‘Yes’
On State Question 793 On Election Day

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 30, 2018) — The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the state’s largest coalition of businesses, announced today its endorsement of State Question 793, which will increase competition in the state’s vision care marketplace and allow Oklahomans to access affordable, convenient and high-quality vision care and eyewear at retail locations such as Walmart and Target.

“The Oklahoma City Chamber supports SQ 793 as it enhances accessibility for consumers and will enable businesses to grow within our community,” Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Vice President of Government Relations and Policy Mark VanLandingham said.

For more than a century, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber has been the voice of business and the visionary organization in Oklahoma City. The Chamber represents thousands of businesses of all sizes and all industries in Oklahoma City’s 10-county region through economic and community development, government relations, education and workforce development initiatives and tourism growth.

“The support of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is crucial to making sure we are able to bring the benefits of expanded vision care to businesses in Oklahoma City and across the state,” Yes on 793 Chairman Tim Tippit said. “Passing 793 will allow more optometrists to practice where their patients are, which will increase competition, create jobs and provide more affordable vision care options. We’re proud to have the Chamber’s support on such an important initiative that will benefit all Oklahomans.”

Current state optometry laws prevent Oklahomans from receiving eye exams or purchasing eyewear at retail settings in their neighborhoods — one of just three states nationwide with these types of restrictions. SQ 793 would expand access to affordable, convenient vision care by allowing optometrists to practice in retail settings such as Walmart or Target.


About Yes on 793
Yes on 793 is a coalition of retailers, patients, health professionals and free-market advocates who believe in common sense reform to Oklahoma’s eye care laws. Patients in Oklahoma deserve greater access to vision care while opportunities increase for small businesses and communities.

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