Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 6, 2013
Sen. Ron Justice
Governor signs nursing home electronic monitoring bill
Families of nursing home residents will soon be able
to electronically monitor their loved ones thanks to legislation
signed into law Monday. Senate Bill 587, by Sen. Ron
Justice, will allow nursing home residents to install electronic
monitoring devices in their private rooms if that resident or their
legal representative pays for the monitoring.
“This measure will give families peace of mind being able
to monitor their loved ones and know what’s happening in their
rooms at all times,” said Justice, R-Chickasha. “The
bill should also help decrease the number of reported cases of suspected
abuse and neglect by providing video and audio evidence to support
or refute such claims. Therefore, empowering residents and their
families and holding nursing facilities more accountable for their
SB 587, which was approved unanimously by both the Senate and House,
requires nursing homes to let current and prospective residents
or their legal representatives know about the opportunity for electronic
monitoring in their private rooms. The bill prohibits a nursing
facility from refusing to admit an individual or from removing a
resident because they want their room electronically monitored.
The bill further prohibits the obstruction of, or tampering with,
an electronic monitoring device installed in a facility. A notice
must also be posted at or near a nursing facility’s main entrance
stating that electronic monitoring or audio devices may be in use
in the facility. Finally, any video or audio recording created through
authorized electronic monitoring can be admitted into evidence in
a civil or criminal court action or administrative proceeding.
The bill was requested by The Silver Haired Legislature and was
strongly supported by AARP Oklahoma, the state’s largest senior
organization with over 410,000 members statewide.
SB 587 will go into effect November 1, 2013.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Justice: (405) 521-5537