The Senate voted 31-4 on Wednesday to require each facility to calculate on a daily basis the number of nurses and aides providing direct care. That information would be posted in a conspicuous place at the beginning of each shift.
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Republican senators on Wednesday unsuccessfully tried to amend the bill, which now awaits action in the House of Representatives. One proposal would have provided a 1% rate increase to nursing homes, which are facing a potential strike. Democrats say that issue will ultimately be addressed in the budget.
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