Monday, February 18, 2008

Governor Schwarzeneger "Terminates" AB 399: Last Minute Veto of Law That Would Have Protected Nursing Home Residents, Passed By Legislature 117-1

by Alicia Curran, Esquire Felicia curran
Governor Vetoes Bill to Protect Nursing Home Abuse VictimsSan Francisco
-- On Sunday night, just hours before it would become law, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed AB 399, striking down an immensely popular bill to aid elder abuse victims in nursing homes by improving investigations of abuse and neglect. The bill would have required the California Department of Public Health to complete investigations within reasonable time limits and to notify complainants of findings.

Abuse and neglect have reached crisis proportions in California nursing homes. Complaints and facility reports of abuse and neglect have more than doubled in recent years and continue to grow at double-digit rates each year. More than 15,000 complaints and facility reports are expected to be investigated this year.
"The veto is devastating to elder abuse victims in nursing homes," said Patricia McGinnis, CANHR's Executive Director. "It is shocking that the Governor won't commit to timely investigations of abuse and neglect."
For more information contact:Pat McGinnis, Executive Director, CANHR (415) 974-5171Michael Connors, Advocate (626) 796-6178California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)"The veto is just one of a series of vetoes of pro-family bills by Governor Schwarzenegger.
For more information, read Julius Young's article in the California Progress Report:"Schwarzenegger Vetoes Pro-Family Bills As Corporate Interests Trump Family Values" Email the Governor and tell him what you think and that you vote - click here.

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