SENATE BILL 316
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2019
Bill Tallman and Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson
RELATING TO AGING; AMENDING A SECTION OF THE CONTINUING CARE ACT TO ALLOW THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED VIOLATIONS OF THE CONTINUING CARE ACT REPORTED FROM ANY SOURCE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 24-17-18 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1991, Chapter 263, Section 7) is amended to read:
"24-17-18. REPORT TO ATTORNEY GENERAL--CIVIL ACTION--CIVIL PENALTIES.--
A. A person may report a possible violation of the Continuing Care Act or rules promulgated pursuant to that act to the attorney general or to the aging and long-term services department.
B. Any time after the [state agency on] aging and long-term services department issues a notice of violation, the [state agency on aging] department may send the attorney general a written report alleging a possible violation of the Continuing Care Act or any rule adopted pursuant to that act.
C. Upon receipt of [that] a report from any source alleging a violation of the Continuing Care Act or rules promulgated pursuant to that act, the attorney general shall promptly conduct an investigation to determine whether grounds exist for formally finding a violation. If the attorney general makes that finding, [he] the attorney general shall file an appropriate action against the alleged violator in a court of competent jurisdiction.
D. Upon finding violations of any provisions of the Continuing Care Act or any rule adopted pursuant to that act, the court may impose a civil penalty in the amount of five dollars ($5.00) per resident or up to five hundred dollars ($500), in the discretion of the court, for each day that the violation remains uncorrected after the compliance date stipulated in a notice of violation issued pursuant to the Continuing Care Act."
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