HB 1916 – Rep. McDaniel
This bill would allow residents or guardians to place cameras in their rooms as long as the resident incurs the cost and does not disturb the privacy of any roommates. This bill benefits residents because they are given a sense of safety from abuse and theft. Additionally, should abuse or theft occur, there is video proof that will aid the resident in seeking justice. HB 1916 would provide important safeguards for residents
Amendment to Bill: HB 1916 was added to HB 1635 with several amendments which significantly weakened this bill for residents. These amendments allow the facility to turn the video and audio at the discretion of the nursing home staff, thereby taking control of the camera away from the resident. These amendments also prevent residents from installing electronic monitoring unless the facility specifically permits it in its policies and procedures. With these amendments, the installation and use of the camera would be at the discretion of each nursing home and would not benefit residents as outlined in the original bill.
HB 1963 – Rep. McDaniel
This bill permits a resident or guardian to authorize the installation and use of a monitoring device such as a surveillance camera in a veteran’s room. Residents or guardians must consent to the installation of the monitoring device; release the facility of liability for violation of the right to privacy; incur the cost of the device, its installation, and removal; as well as have written consent from any roommates. This bill benefits residents because they are given a sense of safety from abuse and theft. Additionally, should abuse or theft occur, there is video evidence that will aid the resident in seeking justice.
HB 1635 – Rep. Bernskoetter
This bill will require all sexual assaults that occur in long-term care (LTC) facilities to be reported to law enforcement. Currently, a report is only required to be made to the Department of Health and Senior Services in the event of suspected abuse or neglect. Based on published research, sexual assaults are significantly underreported and very few assaults result in convictions. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, only 20 of the 128 cases of sexual assault in LTC facilities were convicted in the past 10 years. We believe HB 1635 would provide the state with accurate data in regards to sexual assault cases in LTC facilities and grant more protections under our justice system to investigate crimes.
SB 574 – Sen. Wallingford
Similar to HB 1635, this bill expands mandated reporting requirements to include sexual assaults on residents in LTC facilities to be reported to law enforcement. As sexual assaults are significantly underreported, SB 574 will benefit the near 74,000 Missourians living in LTC facilities as it will provide more protections under our justice system to investigate crimes and provide the state with more accurate numbers of sexual assaults on residents in LTC facilities.
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