The Legislature finds:
a. Many senior citizens in the State are residing in boarding homes or nursing homes. Their life, safety, health and welfare is largely dependent upon the conditions and care provided in these homes;
b. Some homes are providing inadequate medical and nursing care, inadequate living conditions, and are in substantial or habitual violation of Federal or State laws or regulations concerning health, safety or resident care;
c. It is necessary in order to protect the public welfare and the residents of the homes that a summary statutory procedure be established to eliminate substantial or habitual deficiencies in resident care or living conditions or violations of Federal or State laws or regulations in these homes.
L.1977, c. 238, s. 1, eff. Sept. 29, 1977.