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74-3273. Same; repayment obligation postponed or satisfied, when. (a) An obligation to engage in the practice of optometry in accordance with an agreement under K.S.A. 74-3271, and amendments thereto, shall be postponed: (1) During any required period of active military service; (2) during any period of service as a part of volunteers in service to America (VISTA); (3) during any period of service in the peace corps; (4) during any period of service commitment to the United States public health service; (5) during any period of religious missionary work conducted by an organization exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the federal internal revenue code as in effect on December 31, 2000; (6) during any period of time the person obligated is engaged solely in the teaching of optometry; (7) during any period of time the person obligated is engaged solely in optometric research; (8) during any period of time the person obligated is actively engaged on a full-time basis in an approved postgraduate residency training program; (9) during any period of time the person obligated is unable because of temporary medical disability to practice optometry; (10) during any period of time the person obligated is on job-protected leave under the federal family and medical leave act of 1993; or (11) during any period of time the state board of regents determines that the person obligated is unable because of special circumstances to practice optometry. Except for clauses (9), (10) and (11), an obligation to engage in the practice of optometry in accordance with an agreement under K.S.A. 74-3271, and amendments thereto, shall not be postponed more than five years from the time the practice of optometry was to have been commenced under any such agreement. An obligation to engage in the practice of optometry in accordance with an agreement under K.S.A. 74-3271, and amendments thereto, shall be postponed under clause (9) during the period of time the medical disability exists. An obligation to engage in the practice of optometry in accordance with an agreement under K.S.A. 74-3271, and amendments thereto, shall be postponed under clause (10) during the period of time the person obligated remains on FMLA leave. An obligation to engage in the practice of optometry in accordance with an agreement under K.S.A. 74-3271, and amendments thereto, shall be postponed under clause (11) during the period of time the state board of regents determines that the special circumstances exist. The state board of regents shall adopt rules and regulations prescribing criteria or guidelines for determination of the existence of special circumstances causing an inability to practice optometry, and shall determine the documentation required to prove the existence of such circumstances.

(b) An obligation to engage in the practice of optometry in accordance with an agreement under K.S.A. 74-3271, and amendments thereto, shall be satisfied: (1) If the obligation to engage in the practice of optometry in accordance with an agreement under K.S.A. 74-3271, and amendments thereto, has been completed; (2) if the person obligated dies; (3) if, because of permanent physical disability, the person obligated is unable to practice optometry; (4) if the person obligated fails to satisfy the requirements for a degree from an accredited school or college of optometry after making the best effort possible to obtain such degree; or (5) if the person obligated fails to satisfy all requirements for a permanent license to practice optometry in Kansas or any other jurisdiction or has been denied a license after such person has applied for a license and has made the best effort possible to obtain a license.

History: L. 1985, ch. 303, § 4; L. 2001, ch. 151, § 9; July 1.


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