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Des Moines, IA - Iowa's nursing home owners are in a fierce struggle with state regulators over the fines they must pay for serious health and safety violations.

Those fines are set by state law and are capped at $10,000. They have not changed in 22 years.

"I tell you, somebody's been doing a great job of lobbying to keep the fines at that level," said John Tapscott, an advocate for seniors who spent six years in the Iowa Legislature. "The reason the fines haven't changed is all the political influence these homes have."

January 20, 2008

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