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First Hacienda-Related Bill Signed By Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 9:19am
Updated: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 12:09pm
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Following news that an incapacitated woman gave birth after being raped at Hacienda HealthCare, an advocacy group issued a report containing recommendations to try and prevent sex abuse among people with disabilities, and some measures are gaining traction in the Arizona Legislature.

After what happened at Hacienda, the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council issued a report called “Sexual Abuse of Arizonans with Developmental and Other Disabilities.”

Their goal was to make legislative recommendations that could be championed by lawmakers. Sarah Ruf, with the council, said they are tracking about 12 bills that stem from what happened at Hacienda.

"Of those 12 bills, five have stalled," she said. "They haven’t been going anywhere, but seven are still alive."

Senate Bill 1211, which was sponsored by Republican Sen. Heather Carter, was signed by Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday, and it goes into effect immediately.

The bill requires intermediate care facilities like the one at Hacienda to be licensed by the state. It also strengthens background checks.

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