SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A proposal aimed at stepping up safety at some nursing homes by toughening oversight, screening residents and increasing staff has passed in the Illinois House.
The proposal comes in the wake of a spike of reported incidents of violence involving residents at several nursing homes, including assaults, rapes and murders.
The bill passed 118-0 in the House on Thursday. It now goes to the Senate.
It calls for the Department of Public Health to keep a database of nursing home assaults. A task force would look for ways to pay for the new services.
The bill also would increase staffing and require more training.
The bill is SB326.
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