Attorney General will not weigh in on optometry issue

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The attorney general's office has denied a
request for an opinion on whether lawmakers who received campaign
donations from optometrists should have voted for a bill allowing
them to perform a variety of simple surgical procedures.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bobbie Holsclaw had asked for
the opinion.
Holsclaw said Tuesday the attorney general's office had denied
her request, saying she didn't have proper standing to ask for the
opinion. She had raised concerns that campaign contributions might
have influenced lawmakers to pass the bill that was quickly signed
into law by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.
Proponents said the bill will improve access to medical care in
Kentucky. Critics said only ophthalmologists should be allowed to
perform eye surgeries.
The attorney general's office declined to comment further on the

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