Professional Opticians of Florida

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 

February 2020

The last couple of months, and most especially the last two weeks, have put Opticians in Florida to the test. Toward the end of 2019, POF became aware of legislation aimed at deregulating many health care professions, ours included.

The POF Executive Director, Dee Pace along with our lobbyist Steven Geller, formulated a plan and a method for Opticians to reach out to legislatures to oppose any such deregulation. Florida Opticians, future Opticians, and specifically POF members, rose to the occasion sending over 10,000 emails and making countless phone calls in opposition to any Opticianry deregulation.

During the Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee meeting held on February 17, 2020, POF was able to obtain a commitment that would remove health care professions from Bill SB1124. Even though all health care professions could be adversely affected by this, Dentistry was the only other profession who got involved. POF was superbly represented at the meeting by the one and only Laurie Pierce, who spoke before the committee describing exactly why Opticianry is so vital to the citizens of Florida. It is clear that the commitment to remove health care from this bill occurred because of the overwhelming response and representation of POF. Thank you to Laurie and to all of our POF members!!

On an unfortunate note, it appears that the reasons behind our efforts to protect our licensure have recently been questioned by other education providers. The mission of POF is to safeguard our licensure and provide quality education to Opticians and future Opticians throughout the state of Florida and we consistently do an exceptional job. I have proudly been a volunteer member of the POF Board of Directors for over 16 years; I and every other member of our Board, and your Chapter Directors, gladly volunteer our time to support our members and to protect our licensure. I recommend that you carefully consider who you obtain your education from in the future and stay informed on what they will do, if anything, to support your career and protect your license.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone next week at Spring Spectacle in Fort Walton Beach! Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to earn all 20 required hours of education from highly respected practitioners and recognized industry leaders. Check out the details and register now at www.POF.org.

Jerry W. Campbell, LDO, ABOC, NCLEC

Board Certified Optician

President

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Professional Opticians of Florida is Proud to Introduce Your New Lobbyist:


Honorable Steve Geller, Esq

Former Florida Senator

Broward County Vice-Mayor

Steve Geller served in the Florida Legislature for 20 years.

One of Geller’s areas of practice is Tallahassee Lobbying and Administrative Law. Geller served in the Florida Legislature for 20 years, 9 years in the Florida House of Representatives and 11 years in the Florida Senate, retiring because of term limits in 2008. During this time, he served as Democratic (Minority) Leader of the Senate and was appointed a Committee Chair by two different Republican Senate Presidents and a Democratic Speaker of the House. Geller served as Government Affairs Director for Greenspoon Marder, a National law firm, until Geller left Greenspoon Marder following his election to the Broward County Commission. Geller still serves as a Broward County Commissioner. Geller has been lobbying the Florida Legislature and Executive Branch agencies since 2011, after his required two-year absence from the Legislature had expired.

In Tallahassee, Geller Law Firm has a three-person lobbying team, with Geller as the lead lobbyist. The two other lobbyists retained by Geller Law Firm are David Sigerson and James Harris. Sigerson is a private attorney and governmental and political consultant with 30 years of Florida State legislative experience. 

Geller is rated an “A-V Preeminent” attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating for both Legal Ability and Ethics. 

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The Professional Opticians of Florida was established in 1982 and has been associated with the Opticians Association of America (OAA) for many years. During this time, our members have had the opportunity to attend leadership conferences and various meetings that have helped them with management skills and leadership training. At these conferences we have been able to share ideas and have problem solving discussions.

As National issues impacting Opticians have arisen, it has been beneficial to have a National unified voice that can speak to these issues. We are proud to be members of the OAA and look forward to a strong relationship in the future.

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