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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 5, 2019 02:47 PM
From: Representative Kurt A. Masser and Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, Rep. Gary Day, Rep. Kate A. Klunk
To: All House members
Subject: Elder Abuse Package
All of us are concerned with elder abuse as a growing issue in our districts. Whether it be scams taking advantage of our parents and grandparents or neglect to properly care for our loved ones at home or in facilities, we must do more to stop elder abuse.

Many of you many know that June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. We are introducing this package of bills because our seniors deserve better and deserve to be protected by the law.

The package of bills will include the following pieces of legislation:

Document #1

Introduced as HB397

Description: Masser - Amends the Health Care Facilities Act to allow residents or representative of a resident to place electronic monitoring devices in room with appropriate notices and consent of the facility and other residents (former HB 2578).

Document #2

Introduced as HB398

Description: Day - Amends the Older Adult Protective Act to add a definition of financial exploitation and establishes a private right of action for certain financial crimes and add a $100 free to those proceedings to create a Senior Trust Fund at the Department of Aging (former HB 2579).

Document #3

Introduced as HB399

Description: Culver - Amends Title 18 and allows for concurrent jurisdiction for the Attorney General during financial exploitation investigations of care dependent individuals (former HB 2581).

Document #4

Introduced as HB400

Description: Klunk - Amends Title 18 to establish abuse of social media by employees who post pictures of care dependent individuals without permission and categorize the crime as a misdemeanor (former HB 2582).