Senate Gives Final OK To S.D. Communities Keeping Nursing Home Beds For 18 Months

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The South Dakota Senate gave final passage Tuesday to legislation that would allow communities 18 months to try to find new owners when nursing homes close their doors.

The vote was 32-0 to agree with House changes. Senator Wayne Steinhauer, a Hartford Republican, said they were necessary. He was the only lawmaker who spoke.

SB 61 heads next to the desk of Governor Kristi Noem. Her administration’s secretary of health, Kim Malsam-Rysdon, testified in favor of the bill at its two committee hearings.

Another provision of the legislation says a replacement facility must be within 15 miles if the closing facility is in a first-class city and within 60 miles if the facility isn’t in a first-class city.

Steinhauer is the bill’s prime sponsor. Representative Spencer Gosch, a Glenham Republican is lead House sponsor.

House members passed it 63-1 last week.

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