Senate moves bill shielding nursing home interests


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Investors and those not directly tied to the operation of nursing homes would be protected from lawsuits by a measure passed by the Florida Senate.

The bill (SB 670) passed the Senate Thursday with a 36-3 vote.

Proponents say the move will free up more money for new homes and investment in current facilities. It is supported by a number of large special interests, including the AARP, the Florida Health Care Association and the Florida Justice Association.

The measure's opponents say the bill protects parties who have the most money and who often have a hand in the operation of a facility.

The bill needs to be passed in the House before it can go to the governor.

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