Gov. Steve Beshear held a ceremonial bill signing ceremony for two measures aimed at better protecting elderly and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.
Lawmakers and advocates surrounded Beshear as he signed the adult protection bills that he praised as “a step forward in safeguarding our seniors.”
Beshear said he was disappointed lawmakers failed to pass what was a priority for many of the advocates — a bill to create a registry of people found to have abused or neglected adults, similar to the state’s a child abuse registry. That bill passed the House but died in the Senate.
He and the advocates said they will continue to press for such a law. Meanwhile, they said the bills Beshear signed will provide important protections for adults who are vulnerable because of age or disability.
“This is truly a good day for those of us who work in the field of elder abuse and guardianship,’’ said Becky Smith of GuardiaCare, a nonprofit Louisville agency that helps elderly or disabled adults manage their finances.
House Bill 52, sponsored by Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, bars people convicted of abusing or neglecting vulnerable adults from managing the affairs of their victims by acting as a guardian or power of attorney. It also prohibits them from inheriting from their victims or serving as executor of their estates.
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Governor Steve Beshear Signs 2 Bills to Protect Elderly