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Reversing course, lawmakers now want tougher regulations for ALFs

Just months after Florida lawmakers tried to strip away crucial protections for residents of assisted-living facilities, legislators are now radically reversing course in what could lead to the biggest changes in state law in a generation.

After months of reports of elders dying at the hands of caretakers, lawmakers are considering changes to ramp up fines, increase credentials of people running ALFs and give more power to the state to shut down dangerous facilities.

"If you see abuse and you don't report it, you lose your license, you're out of business," said Republican Sen. Don Gaetz of Niceville.

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