State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced that Senate Bill (SB) 58, known as Esther’s Law, will advance to the governor’s desk for his signature after the Ohio Senate voted to unanimously concur the legislation. Esther’s Law would allow residents of long-term care facilities to electronically monitor their rooms.
“It is our duty to ensure the health and safety of senior citizens,” said Rep. Brent. “Allowing residents in long-term care facilities to put cameras in their rooms will help to deter theft and abuse, as well as give residents and their families peace of mind. The passage of Esther’s Law is one step to upholding the Ohio Promise of being able to live, work, and retire with safety and security.”
Rep. Brent introduced companion legislation, HB 78, in the Ohio House in February 2021. It received one hearing in the House Families, Aging, and Human Services Committee. This is the second General Assembly that Rep. Brent has introduced Esther’s Law.
The Senate concurred with House amendments regarding use of cameras by law enforcement and the Department of Health rule-making authority.