Bill to Install Cameras Inside Nursing Homes Stalls

A controversial bill to allow nursing home patients to place a camera in their room failed to pass the Senate Medical Affairs Committee on Thursday, but it didn't die.

Members chose to keep the bill around while they gather more information, including facts and figures from states like Texas and Oklahoma who have passed similar legislation.

If passed, patients could purchase and install the equipment to allow family members to monitor them, but it's received opposition from the $115 billion dollar nursing home industry.

"I'm not debating whether or not there's some good nursing homes out there, but there are certainly some that aren't," said Senator Paul Thurmond (R-41), who introduced the bill. "As a result, we're putting our seniors at risk and I would like the opportunity for those seniors to say I would like to monitor myself in those circumstances."

Committee members were deadlocked on whether or not the bill was a step in the right direction, but Senator Thurmond says he intends to keep working on it and hopes a compromise can be reached.


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