Legislative Conference Is a Wrap

Winter weather was a minor incidence at this year’s MOA Legislative Conference. There were some threats of unsafe driving conditions in the forecast, but providence prevailed and conditions improved just before the conference. Everyone was able to make it to the Sunday afternoon committee meetings. One of the important functions at the conference is volunteer committee members working to lay out a course of action for the Missouri Optometric Association board.

Our leadership had asked all fans of the Kansas City Chiefs to wear red on Sunday afternoon in support of their team in the AFC playoffs. A large screen projection system had been set-up to allow fans to monitor the game during our meetings. It was an exciting afternoon of football and important committee meetings to start off the conference.

On Monday, the legislative conference day began with continuing education presented by Dr. Raymond Brill, who presented information on Intense Pulsed Light in the Dry Eye World. Dr. Brill was followed by a presentation by Dana Reason, AOA Regional Advocacy Liaison on Keyperson Training.

After lunch, our guest speaker was Crystal Quade, the Missouri House Minority Floor Leader. Following her excellent talk we were presented with a legislative forecast by our MOA lobbyist, Jay Hahn, after which the MOA members completed our annual trek to the Missouri Capitol to visit with our legislators.

The legislative day was highlighted by a legislative reception at the Millbottom Event Center Monday evening where MOA members had an opportunity to visit with their legislator and talk about important issues.

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