Morton said the list was current as of April 7. Many of the bills mandate that financial advisors, banks and medical workers report elder financial abuse to authorities when they suspect it. Much of the legislation raises the penalties for financial crimes against the elderly.
New York is considering a bill that would allow bank workers to refuse a payment request from a senior when they think the person is being exploited. Washington state has had a similar law since 2010 and Delaware Governor Jack Markell gave banks in his state that power last year. Another New York bill would set up a toll-free elder abuse hotline.
States with anti-senior fraud legislation pending listed by Morton are:
Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont and Washington.
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30 States Considering Laws To Fight Senior Financial Abuse