Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, filed a bill Friday in response to deaths at a nursing home after Hurricane Irma knocked out air conditioning.
SB 284 would require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have working generators.
“There is no excuse for failing to protect those most vulnerable among us,” Book said.
She also cosigned a letter to Gov. Rick Scott requesting the Florida Department of Law Enforcement open a formal investigation, her office said.
The legislation would add electricity and emergency power sources to unannounced inspections of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, as well as require equipment sufficient to provide adequate day-to-day electricity, a fully operational emergency power source, and a supply of fuel sufficient to sustain the emergency power source for at least five days during a power outage.
Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Dania Beach, who grew up half a mile from the nursing facility, said there is a groundswell of support in the House to make changes to improve safety for seniors following a hurricane or other natural disaster, according to Matt Dixon of Politico.
Senate President pro tempore Anitere Flores, R-Miami, told reporters in Tallahassee Friday that she expects criminal charges to be filed, says Jim Rosica of FloridaPolitics.com.
“I think someone, more than someone, is going to go to jail over this,” she said.
Source: Lobby Tools