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Two Kentucky bills to protect seniors from abuse and exploitation

3-24-2011 Kentucky:

LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear on Wednesday signed two bills to protect seniors from abuse and exploitation.

The bill keeps people who abuse or neglect seniors or other "vulnerable" adults from benefiting after their deaths. Anyone convicted of felony abuse or exploitation would be barred from serving as the victim's guardian, executor, or power of attorney.

It also establishes a trust fund for programs that fight elder abuse.

"House Bill 52 closed a loophole in the current law and will prevent anyone who abuses or neglects an elderly person or vulnerable adult from benefiting financially from those actions," said Rep. Joni Jenkins, of Shively in a news release. "This bill is long overdue and I am proud to be the sponsor of such important legislation."

Rep. Mary Lou Marzian of Louisville, another sponsor of the legislation, said, "This will allow financial matters to be handled in a more timely and prudent manner. It will also permit discussion of personal matters with the appointed state guardian so that the wards' needs are adequately met."

The governor also wanted funding for an adult abuse registry in the 2012 budget, but the legislature did not approve it. Gov. Beshear says he will continue his efforts for that registry. ..Source.. by

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