| August 6, 2004
|Dear Concerned Voter,
I was fortunate enough to care for my mother in our home for over
seven years. However, I readily understand that for other families
long-term care facilities are sometimes their only option.
THAT OPTION NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED
After a bitter battle in the Senate, a bill regarding long term
care facilities for the vulnerable and frail came to the House Rules
Committee. The Chairman of the Rules Committee sets the agenda of
bills to be heard. As Chairman, I did not schedule this bill for
a hearing because I felt it would severely reduce the rights of
the vulnerable and frail adults in long-term care facilities.
I am well aware of the financial challenges faced by nursing homes
in affording liability insurance. But this cost should not be placed
on the backs of the frail and vulnerable. My backbone in holding
the bill, SB1380, did not go unnoticed. My determination on behalf
of those least able to help them selves was acknowledged by one
of the national retired senior organizations. I was touched when
they thanked me publicly, in a letter to the editor, for all of
my hard work in standing up for the rights of the elderly and disabled.
For the past eight years I have been your voice for the family,
both young and old, at the State Legislature. My experience has
taught me that being a watchdog for the frail and vulnerable is
a never-ending battle. I need your vote in the upcoming primary
election on September 7th, so I can continue to be your voice at
the State Legislature.
Thank you for joining me in protecting the rights of the frail
and vulnerable citizens among us.
Karen S. Johnson