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First Substitute H.B. 136

Representative Roger E. Barrus proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY SURVEILLANCE ACT

             2     
2014 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Roger E. Barrus

             5     
Senate Sponsor: ____________

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill adds provisions to the Health Care Facility Licensing and Inspection Act
             10      related to monitoring devices installed in assisted living facilities.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    allows a resident of an assisted living facility to install a video or audio monitoring
             14      device in the resident's room under certain conditions;
             15          .    prohibits an assisted living facility from denying an individual admission to the
             16      facility or discharging a resident from the facility solely because the individual or
             17      resident wants to operate or install a monitoring device in the individual's or
             18      resident's room; and
             19          .    provides that a facility, resident, or resident's legal representative may not be held
             20      civilly or criminally liable for operating or installing a monitoring device in
             21      accordance with certain requirements.
             22      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          None


             26      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             27      ENACTS:
             28           26-21-301 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             29           26-21-302 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             30           26-21-303 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31           26-21-304 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32     
             33      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             34          Section 1. Section 26-21-301 is enacted to read:
             35     
Part 3. Assisted Living Facility Surveillance Act

             36          26-21-301. Definitions.
             37          This part is known as the "Assisted Living Facility Surveillance Act."
             38          Section 2. Section 26-21-302 is enacted to read:
             39          26-21-302. Definitions.
             40          As used in this part:
             41          (1) "Facility" means an assisted living facility.
             42          (2) "Legal representative" means an individual who is legally authorized to make
             43      health care decisions on behalf of another individual.
             44          (3) (a) "Monitoring device" means:
             45          (i) a video surveillance camera; or
             46          (ii) a microphone or other device that captures audio.
             47          (b) "Monitoring device" does not include:
             48          (i) a device that is specifically intended to intercept wire, electronic, or oral
             49      communications without notice to or the consent of a party to the communication; or
             50          (ii) a device that is connected to the Internet or that is set up to transmit data via an
             51      electronic communication.
             52          (4) "Resident" means an individual who receives health care from a facility.
             53          (5) "Room" means a resident's private or shared primary living space.
             54          (6) "Roommate" means:
             55          (a) an individual sharing a room with a resident; or
             56          (b) the individual's legal representative.


             57          Section 3. Section 26-21-303 is enacted to read:
             58          26-21-303. Monitoring device -- Installation, notice, and consent.
             59          (1) A resident or resident's legal representative may operate or install a monitoring
             60      device in the resident's room if the resident or legal representative:
             61          (a) notifies the resident's facility:
             62          (i) that the resident or legal representative intends to operate or install a monitoring
             63      device in the resident's room;
             64          (ii) of the specific location where the resident or legal representative will operate or
             65      install the monitoring device; and
             66          (iii) of the technical specifications and capabilities of the monitoring device;
             67          (b) obtains written consent from each of the resident's roommates that specifically
             68      states the hours when each roommate consents to the resident or legal representative operating
             69      the monitoring device; and
             70          (c) assumes all responsibility for any cost related to installing or operating the
             71      monitoring device.
             72          (2) Notwithstanding any provision of Title 76, Utah Criminal Code, or Title 77, Utah
             73      Code of Criminal Procedure, a facility, resident, or resident's legal representative is not civilly
             74      or criminally liable for a privacy violation related to video or audio captured by a monitoring
             75      device that the resident or legal representative operates in accordance with this part.
             76          (3) Notwithstanding any other provision of this part, an individual may not, under this
             77      part, operate a monitoring device in a facility without a court order:
             78          (a) in secret; or
             79          (b) with an intent to intercept a wire, electronic, or oral communication without notice
             80      to or the consent of a party to the communication.
             81          Section 4. Section 26-21-304 is enacted to read:
             82          26-21-304. Monitoring device -- Facility admission, patient discharge, and posted
             83      notice.
             84          (1) A facility may not deny an individual admission to the facility for the sole reason
             85      that the individual or individual's legal representative requests to install or operate a monitoring
             86      device in the individual's room.
             87          (2) A facility may not discharge a resident for the sole reason that the resident or the


             88      resident's legal representative requests to install or operate a monitoring device in the
             89      individual's room.
             90          (3) A facility may require the resident or the resident's legal representative to place a
             91      sign near the entrance of the resident's room that states that the room contains a monitoring
             92      device.


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