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US Florida Gov. Scott signs bills mandating backup power

21:21  26 march  2018
21:21  26 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

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Gov . Rick Scott signed legislation Monday requiring backup power sources in Florida nursing homes and assisted living facilities, months after the The original rules mandated 50 square feet (4.6 square meters) per resident needed to be kept cool but it has been lowered to 30 square feet (2.7 square

(AP) -- Florida Gov . Rick Scott has signed legislation requiring backup power sources in the state 's nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Scott signed SB 7028 and HB 7099 on Monday in Fort Myers. It requires facilities to have a generator capable of keeping facilities at 81 degrees Fahrenheit

Police surround the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which had no air conditioning after Hurricane Irma knocked out power, on Sept. 13, 2017 in Hollywood, Fla. So far, nine deaths have been blamed on the incedent. © John McCall, South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images Police surround the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which had no air conditioning after Hurricane Irma knocked out power, on Sept. 13, 2017 in Hollywood, Fla. So far, nine deaths have been blamed on the incedent. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed legislation requiring backup power sources in the state's nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The new rules were prompted by the deaths of several residents at a sweltering nursing home in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Scott signed SB 7028 and HB 7099 on Monday in Fort Myers. It requires facilities to have a generator capable of keeping facilities at 81 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) or lower for at least four days.

The rule was originally issued by Scott, Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Elder Affairs following the deaths at a South Florida nursing home after Irma last year. But a state administrative judge sided last October with nursing homes that had challenged the tight deadlines. Facilities now have until July 1 to comply.

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