Katie Nelson writes in the San Jose Mercury News of the signing of California state Assembly Bill 1572.
The new law based on the bill will require a residential care facility for the elderly let the residents establish a resident council, if they want a council.
Assemblywoman Susan Eggman wrote the bill in the wake of reports that a home in the state shut down suddenly and abandoned 19 residents. A janitor and a cook stayed and took charge until help arrived.
A facility closure that left residents in the hands of a janitor and a cook sparked change.