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Georgia House Passes Bill to Add Protections in Senior Care

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The Georgia state House has passed a plan to bolster safety and oversight protections at senior care facilities in a nearly unanimous vote. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that HB 987 passed by a vote of 160-1 on Friday. The legislation addresses problems highlighted in an investigative series published by the paper. The proposal will go to the state Senate next for more debate.

It would increase training and safety requirements for assisted living homes and increase fines for abuse and neglect. Republican Rep. Sharon Cooper says it was carefully crafted to balance the concerns of senior advocates and the growing care industry.

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