Substitute House Bill No. 6734
          Substitute House Bill No. 6734

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-284


AN   ACT  POSTPONING  THE  REQUIREMENT  OF  VISION
SCREENING FOR MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATORS.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1. Subsection (a) of section 14-41 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Except  as  provided  in  section 14-41a,
each  motor  vehicle  or   motorcycle   operator's
license shall be renewed quadrennially on the date
of the operator's birthday. On and after  July  1,
[1997]  1999,  the  Commissioner of Motor Vehicles
shall screen the  vision  of  each  motor  vehicle
operator  prior  to  every  other  renewal  of his
operator's license in accordance with  a  schedule
adopted   by   the  commissioner.  Such  screening
requirement shall apply  to  every  other  renewal
following  the  initial  screening. In lieu of the
vision  screening  by   the   commissioner,   such
operator  may  submit  the  results  of  a  vision
screening conducted  by  a  licensed  health  care
professional  qualified  to conduct such screening
on a form prescribed by  the  commissioner  during
the  three months preceding such renewal. No motor
vehicle operator's license may be  renewed  unless
the  operator  passes  such  vision screening. The
commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance
with the provisions of chapter 54 to implement the
provisions of  this  subsection  relative  to  the
administration of vision screening.
    Sec.  2.  This  act  shall take effect July 1,
1997.

Approved June 26, 1997