The Children’s Vision legislation (A-4310/S-2804) was voted on in the Assembly and was passed unanimously on May 23, 2019. The bill now goes to the Governor for his consideration.
Your emails and calls to your Assembly representatives were definitely heard and helpful! Now, all NJSOP members need to start our campaign to see this legislation become law in New Jersey. Please contact the Governor and show your support for the bill (click here for more specifics on A-4310/S-2804).
Below is a letter you can cut and paste and send to this email address to show your support: Constituent.Relations@nj.gov
Click here to download a word document that contains a letter you can provide to your staff, family, and friends so they can take action on behalf of this effort. Let them know they can modify the letter to meet their personal circumstance. We need a groundswell of support from various constituents.
The Honorable Phil Murphy
Governor State of New Jersey
225 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625
Dear Governor Murphy:
As a practicing Optometrist, I respectfully request you sign into law S-2804/A-4310. This bill requires young children entering public schools or Head Start Programs for the first time to have a comprehensive eye examination completed. This bill, sponsored by Senators Teresa Ruiz, Shirley Turner and Assembly Members Ivonne Lopez, Angela McKnight and Anthony Verrelli recently passed both Houses of the Legislature.
The bill provides for early detection and treatment of vision issues which is necessary for academic success and as a result, will reduce healthcare and education costs.
While New Jersey has a school screening program in place, vision screenings miss one out of four children with significant eye and vision problems. These undetected eye disorders, such as amblyopia, strabismus and uncorrected refractive errors, are significant child health problems that are associated with poor reading and poor school performance. As a result, these children are often misclassified and placed in special education.
A comprehensive eye examination, however, provides for a more definitive diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Addressing a child’s eye health as they enter kindergarten ensures all children are beginning their education with adequate vision skills necessary for school readiness and academic learning.
I urge your approval of S-2804/A-4310.