No program of public assistance for the visually handicapped operated in Alabama shall be administered in such a way or manner as to prevent the beneficiaries or recipients thereof from having complete freedom of choice in the selection of professional assistance in conducting any examination of the eyes that may be required as a condition precedent to participation in such program or the receipt of such public assistance; and there shall be no discrimination practiced in any such program as to the kinds of specialists who will be permitted to make such examinations. Examinations made by licensed optometrists, licensed ophthalmologists, and physicians skilled in the treatment of diseases of the eye shall be accepted, paid for and treated alike.

Terms Used In Alabama Code 38-1-2

  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.

The provisions of this section may be enforced by injunction issued by a court of competent jurisdiction on complaint of any party aggrieved by a violation thereof.

(Acts 1967, No. 510, p. 1225.)