Senator vows to resolve ALF reform
The head of the Senate committee in charge of elder affairs vowed Tuesday to revive efforts to toughen the rules for assisted living facilities — and close the most dangerous ALFs.
As the state Legislature met Tuesday for the first time in 2013, Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, chair of the Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs, said she plans to bring back legislation that sank at the end of last year's session.
At the hearing, resident advocates and ALF operators tried to sway lawmakers through passionate testimony. Elder advocates called for more oversight and tougher punishment for rogue facilities, while industry leaders warned that more regulations could put the homes out of business.
Many people in the packed committee room held copies of the Miami Herald's2011 Neglected to Death series, distributed by Senate staff before the meeting. The Herald's two-year series revealed that at least one ALF resident dies from starvation, beatings or neglect at little-regulated homes in Florida per month.
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