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Protection for Nursing Homes, Not Springs

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a measure that would raise the bar higher for people seeking punitive damages from nursing homes, the Florida Times-Union reports.



One lawmaker lamented the passage of the bill, citing testimony from a woman who told lawmakers about her mother’s sexual assault in a Jacksonville nursing home. Although the family was supposed to be awarded a $750,000 judgment, none of it has been paid. Amendments to the bill passed yesterday make it even more difficult to sue parent companies that are often out-of-state. 

Meanwhile, the same committee approved stronger regulations on Assisted-Living Facilities (ALFs), the Florida Current reports.

In other legislative news, a bill that would revive and protect Silver Springs from pollution is stuck, without receiving a hearing, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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