Bleeding Heartland: How one industry's political investments paid off
Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland
When Governor Chet Culver took final action on the last two dozen bills from the 2009 legislative session, my biggest disappointment was his decision to sign Senate File 433, a bill that "eliminates a broad range of fines against Iowa nursing homes that fail to meet minimum health and safety standards." Governors rarely veto bills that pass out of the state legislature unanimously, as this one did. However, when Culver didn't sign Senate File 433 right away, I hoped he was seriously considering the advice of the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. Both of those state agencies opposed the bill. Instead of listening to the public officials who have the most in-depth knowledge of nursing home regulations and violations, Culver sided with a corporate interest group.