AUSTIN (AP) — Texas lawmakers are advising the state to force nursing homes with a history of abuses to shut down.
The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission recommended the crackdown at its Wednesday meeting in Austin. The proposal urges the Legislature to require the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services to rescind the license of any nursing home with at least three of the gravest violations over a two-year period.
The Republican state senator who made the recommendation says the proposal would only target “the worst of the worst” facilities. He says only seven of the state’s 1,200 nursing homes would be shuttered under such a law.
Some of the panel’s Democratic members have concerns. They say a “three-strikes” law could prematurely force the state’s hand.
(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- Large Hail Batters North Texas During Severe Storms
- Teens Barred From United Flight For Wearing Leggings Sparks Backlash
- 5 Things: Sweet 16 And Elite 8 Weekend
- Maye’s Last Second Shot Sends UNC To Final Four With 75-73 Win Over Kentucky
- South Carolina Beats Florida 77-70, Makes First Trip To Final Four
- Smartphone Apps Claim To Repel Mosquitoes
- McDonald’s Ordered To Pay $27 Million For Teens’ Deaths
- Game Warden Issues Alligator Warning At North Texas Lake
- Teen Defies Odds, Lives Well Past Doctor’s Prognosis
- Teens Rescued In Denton County Human Trafficking Sting