"After the defeat of this bill, the members made several trips to the Capitol in support of a bill to allow video cameras in nursing homes."

Dear editor,

The Legislative Committee of AARP Chapter 1449 was very active this legislative session. The committee met with all the local legislators at their offices or at the Capitol. None of the meetings with the legislators were held at the library as stated in a previous article. Members also met legislators from throughout the state at the Capitol. The purpose of the meetings was to gather support for a caregivers’ bill. The caregivers’ bill was intended to help seniors who wanted to stay at home rather than go into a nursing home. Unfortunately, this bill was defeated in the Senate and deferred in the House.

After the defeat of this bill, the members made several trips to the Capitol in support of a bill to allow video cameras in nursing homes. They met with local and state legislators and attended hearings on the bill. House bill 281 (cameras in nursing homes) passed the House 95-0. It had a harder time in the Senate. The members spent days at the Capital and attended two hearings on the bill and Senate sessions. The bill finally passed the Senate late Thursday, May 16th, with amendments.

The Legislative Committee would like to thank all our local legislators for their sponsorship, votes and their willingness to listen to the concerns of seniors in our community. The committee would also like to thank the chapter members who gave so freely of their time while spending days at the Capitol. We extend special thanks to Andrew Muhl, Louisiana AARP Director of Advocacy and his staff, for the bus, food and his outstanding leadership.

Thank you,

Alfred E. Mason, President AARP Chapter 1449