Committee hears testimony on Runestad bill to stop elder abuse

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, (right) and Christopher Smith, chair of the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section for the State Bar of Michigan, testify before a Senate panel Thursday.

The two testified before the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee on Runestad’s bill that would help bring an end to elder abuse in nursing homes.

Senate Bill 77 would give the residents of a nursing home facility, or their representatives, the right to monitor their own private rooms using an electronic monitoring device under certain conditions. This would give peace of mind to family members who would be able to monitor remotely the care of their loved ones in nursing homes.

The Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee is expected to vote on the bill after hearing further testimony in the coming weeks.

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