State representatives and senators will commence their annual 60-day regular session Jan. 12, in order to conclude before the March 15 presidential-preference primaries.
Detert, a Sarasota County Republican, recently filed Senate Bill 232, which seeks to increase state oversight of all guardians appointed to oversee the affairs of incapacitated adults, most of whom are elderly. The bill would, among other things, establish an Office of Public and Professional Guardians.
The office would, as Barbara Peters Smith reported in the Herald-Tribune, certify and supervise court-appointed guardians. It would also serve as a "complaint department," Detert said.
The September filing is consistent with the Legislature's schedule next year and, as Detert noted, "If it falls off the tracks, we have time to put it back [on]."
The proposed legislation is both warranted and welcome. It should have been passed during the 2015 regular session. (Detert's bill, filed under a different number, was approved by the Senate but died when the House of Representatives abruptly and irresponsibly adjourned.)
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Editorial: Guardian bill would improve oversight