Oklahoma State Senate
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March
Senator Debbe Lefwich
Bill to Provide Nursing Homes with Sex Offender Info Clears Senate
The State Senate has approved a bill to provide Oklahoma
nursing homes with postings of sex offender notifications. Senator
Debbe Leftwich is principal author of the SB 870. Leftwich said
the bill was designed to give families greater peace of mind.
“I’ve heard from constituents and others across the
state who were concerned about this issue after reading news stories
about sex offenders living in Oklahoma nursing homes,” Leftwich
said. “I understand exactly why they are worried and upset,
and that’s why we want nursing homes included with those entities
local law enforcement provides sex offender notification.”
Once the nursing home is provided with copies of sex offender notifications,
they would then be required to display the information in an area
accessible to residents, employees and visitors.
“We’re also going to require criminal background checks
for non-licensed full-time employees not currently covered by such
requirements, such as cooks, janitors and other staff members,”
The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
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