FAIRFIELD — A bill designed to strengthen protection for long-term care residents is one step closer to becoming law.
Senate Bill 609 by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, was given a green light this week by the Assembly Appropriations Committee and moves next to the full Assembly for consideration.
The bill seeks to increase penalties for long-term care providers who hinder investigations by representatives of California’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program. Those penalties have remained unchanged for 30 years, according to a release from Wolk’s office.
If approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor, the penalty for impeding an Ombudsman Program investigation will increase from $1,000 to $2,500.
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