Legislation was introduced in Florida, Louisiana,
Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Kansas, Arkansas and Texas in 2001.
Texas was the first state to pass surveillance
camera legislation. It
became effective on July 1, 2001. The legislation includes covert and
overt cameras. Nursing home residents in Texas now have the explicit
right to monitor their own care. Senator Antonio Madla was the sponsor
of SB 177.
Maryland legislators directed the nursing home industry to begin a pilot
project last March. As of October 2001 nothing has been done.
The Florida legislature directed the Florida Attorney General's Office
and the Florida state licensing agency to study the issue and hold
public hearings and report to them on January 1, 2002. The hearing have
We have every reason to hope that the legislation will be reintroduced
in both Florida and Maryland.
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