NY state Senate set to pass package of nursing home reforms

State Senate Democrats are poised to approve a package of nursing home accountability bills on Monday — taking matters into their own hands with Gov. Andrew Cuomo under fire for the coronavirus’ deadly toll in the facilities under his watch.

Expected to clear the upper chamber Monday, the 10 bills were introduced earlier this month with the goal of reforming nursing home protocols on matters including fatality reporting, patient-to-staff ratio and visitation standards.

“The tragic situation in our nursing homes remains a heartbreaking reminder of the toll this pandemic has taken and has made it clear that real reforms are needed,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

“The Senate Majority is taking action to deliver meaningful results by increasing transparency and raising the standard of care provided at these facilities,” continued the Yonkers Democrat. “I commend the bill sponsors for their work and I am proud that we are passing

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FBI Questioned Michigan Senate Aide About Tear Gas Bill

Two officers with an FBI task force showed up at the home of a Michigan state senator’s chief of staff and aggressively questioned her about a draft bill she had discussed on a private legislative Zoom call. The bill would limit the use of tear gas by police against protesters.

The incident happened in Southfield, a suburb north of Detroit, on October 29, days before the presidential election and less than a month after the FBI had foiled a terror plot by far-right violent extremists to kidnap Michigan’s Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and seize control of the Capitol building. The men, an FBI special agent and a local police officer assigned to the task force, knocked on the door of Katie Reiter, chief of staff to state Sen. Rosemary Bayer, a Democrat. They told her that they had received a “report” about an online conversation she had participated in from her

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