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Senate approves bill that would require inspections of nursing homes

April 10, 2003
By: Nishi Gupta
State Capital Bureau

The Senate passed a bill that protects nursing home residents just two days after it gave the bill initial approval.

Nishi Gupta explains.

The bill would protect senior citizens from nursing home employees who abuse and neglect them. Employees who are found treating the patients poorly would be fined and penalized. But, employees who report violations would be protected. The bill's co-sponsor and St. Louis area Senator Pat Dougherty says this is a way to remind nursing home workers what their job is.

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Contents: "They will be fined so much that either they will get it and increase the protections or they'll decide this may not be the line of work that they should be in."

Under the legislation, the state would have to post recent inspections of Missouri nursing homes on the internet. The bill also requires background checks for nursing home job applicants.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

From Jefferson City, Nishi Gupta, KMOX News.