HB 351 – Clifford’s Law

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Jimmy Dixon (R-Duplin, Onslow); Rep. Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth); Rep. Donna White (R-Johnston); Rep. Ben Moss, Jr. (R-Montgomery, Richmond, Stanly)


This bill requires the DHHS Secretary to establish, in consultation with licensed operators of nursing homes, combination homes, and hospice care facilities, visitation protocols to be effective during a disaster declaration or other emergency that suspends or curtails the facility’s normal visitation policy for any reason. The protocols must: 1) provide each resident with the right to designate one preapproved visitor and one preapproved alternate visitor and allow visitation by one of these visitors at least twice per month during the emergency, 2) be explained and provided to each resident in writing prior to admission, and 3) provide for visitation consistent with the guidelines, conditions, and limitations established by the facility as part of its normal visitation policy.


Filed – 3/22/2021