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Bill to define memory care is in Arizona Senate after bill on long-term care cameras fails

Coverage of aging is supported in part by AARP Arizona

A bill that would have allowed families of residents in long-term care to place cameras in their rooms has died in the Arizona Legislature. Dana Marie Kennedy, state director of AARP Arizona, says they’re negotiating a way to revive the measure with state Rep. Tim Dunn.

"So what we're working on right now is seeing if we can't put some amendments onto Dunn’s bill, we don't know if that will happen or not. But that is a strategy that we are pursuing," Kennedy said.

Dunn’s bill would define memory care in state law and increase nursing home fines. That bill is expected to be heard by members of the Arizona Senate on Tuesday, March 19.

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Senior field correspondent Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.