Effort to allow cameras in SC nursing homes stalls

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Senators have shelved a bill giving families the ability to electronically monitor their loved ones in South Carolina's nursing homes.

The Senate Medical Affairs Committee was evenly divided Thursday on the bill, with a 7-7 vote preventing its advancement to the Senate floor. So it was returned to subcommittee for more work, a move that likely means its demise.

The bill would require nursing homes to allow residents or their families to install a camera in their room and pay any monitoring costs.

Sponsoring Sen. Paul Thurmond of Charleston says families should have the opportunity to check in on loved ones to ensure they're not being abused or neglected.

The state's nursing home association opposes the measure as interfering with private businesses and invading people's privacy.

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