Bill raising protections for elderly, disabled adults approved

The Augusta Chronicle

Three bills intended to protect elderly and disabled adults have passed the Georgia Legislature and will be sent to the governor to sign into law.

The state Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed House Bill 803, which will make trafficking elderly and disabled adults a felony crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. A second bill will enable district attorneys throughout the state to form multidisciplinary teams to respond to suspected cases of neglect or exploitation of vulnerable adults, like the local Crimes Against the Vulnerable and Elderly task force in the Augusta Judicial District. A third bill requires people who work with elderly and disabled adults to undergo background checks and fingerprinting.

Kathy Floyd, the executive director of the Georgia Council on Aging, praised legislators for passing the bills, saying they should aid in the prosecution of those who targeted vulnerable adults to gain access to their benefits and property.

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