- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An initiative petition supported by a group of retailers including Wal-Mart that would allow optometrists to operate inside retail establishments is being challenged by Oklahoma optometrists.

The Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians filed a legal challenge on Friday to the petition filed by Oklahomans for Consumer Freedom.

The retail group wants to launch a signature drive to get a question on the ballot that would nullify state laws prohibiting optometrists from operating inside a retail establishment.

But in their legal challenge, the optometrists are challenging the petition alleging “logrolling,” or combining several topics into one petition, in violation of the state’s single-subject rule for legislation and constitutional amendments.

A spokeswoman for the retail group says their legal team is reviewing the filing.

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