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Gov. Scott wants to renew effort to reform ALFs

As Florida lawmakers debate the biggest overhaul of assisted living facilities in a generation, Gov. Rick Scott has sent a clear signal: He wants the reform movement to stay alive.

In a brief statement Tuesday, Scott said he’ll ask members of his Assisted Living Work Group to convene again this year to come up with more ways to improve conditions in the state’s 2,850 assisted living facilities, where someone dies nearly once a month from abuse or neglect.

The group, which created a blueprint for reform last year, was expected to expire without Scott’s action. “We have a duty to protect the people” in ALFs, Scott said. “While tremendous progress has been made already, we will ask the workgroup to continue to examine issues related to ALFs over the next year.”

The timing of Scott’s announcement is significant: While the Florida Senate continues to press two bills that would dramatically change how ALFs are regulated, lawmakers in the House have dragged their feet as the session reaches its mid point. Keep reading.