Governor Signs Bill Into Law Allowing Cameras In Nursing Homes

Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill into law that would allow families of nursing home residents to install electronic monitoring devices in private rooms.

This means families of residents will now be able to install cameras and microphones. Families would pay for the equipment and its installation

The bill will also prohibit staff from tampering with the devices or refusing to take in a patient who wants to be monitored.

Any recording would be eligible to be evidence in a criminal or civil court case.

"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 staff."

Both the House and the Senate unanimously passed the bill. It will go into effect November 1, 2013.