Governor Signs Landmark Elder Care Bills

Governor Signs Landmark Elder Care Bills Click to Enlarge Photo: Governor Tim Walz/Facebook

(AP) - Gov. Tim Walz has signed into law a major package of protections for Minnesota seniors and vulnerable adults.

The most important component is a framework for licensing assisted-living facilities. Minnesota was the last state without licensing requirements.

The bipartisan bill also has other safeguards to protect older and vulnerable adults, including the right for assisted-living residents and their families to install hidden monitoring cameras. It also includes a bill of rights for assisted-living residents and other stronger consumer protections.

The Democratic governor said Wednesday that the law creates long-overdue protections to help ensure that all residents of assisted-living facilities are cared for and safe.

Republican Sen. Karin Housley, who worked on the legislation for over two years, says it gives elderly and vulnerable Minnesotans the consumer protections they deserve.