Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lobbyists Favored Over Elderly | The Indianapolis Star |

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The 2011 version of the Indiana General Assembly has taken on such volatile issues as gun rights, abortion, same-sex marriage and immigration.

This week, lawmakers confront throngs of protesters drawn to the Statehouse by bills dealing with labor unions.

Education reform legislation also has sparked heated debate.

So how is it that a bill aimed at improving Indiana's nursing home care has been deemed too controversial?

It's more likely that the power of the nursing home lobby is the real reason why state Rep. Clyde Kersey's bill to require minimum staffing levels is unlikely to get a hearing before the House Public Health Committee.

The chairman, Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, told The Star's Heather Gillers that it would be pointless to "put people through the struggle of such divisiveness" when consensus on the Terre Haute Democrat's bill is a long shot.

"Dead on arrival" is how an industry spokesperson put it.
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