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Snyder signs bill to require reporting on veterans homes

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new law will require the state of Michigan to report staffing levels, patient complaints and other information about state-run veterans homes four times a year.

Legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Rick Snyder outlines quarterly reporting requirements for state agencies that evaluate conditions at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.

In February, Snyder replaced the director of Michigan’s veterans agency after an audit uncovered insufficient care and inadequate staffing levels at the Grand Rapids facility.

Snyder says veterans “deserve the highest standards of care available,” and the law helps ensure that conditions at the two homes are evaluated and reported more consistently and effectively.

The bill was sponsored by Republican Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague.

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