House Votes to Expand State's Elder Abuse Law
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri's elder abuse law could soon be expanded to protect older citizens from financial exploitation.
The House voted 147-2 in favor of legislation that makes it a crime for those with authority over an elderly person to take advantage of that person's state of mind for financial gain.
The provision would apply to people who have guardianship, power of attorney or some other financial management role for seniors.
If someone steals money from an elderly person that had been intended to cover nursing home expenses, a judge could order that the money be paid to the home.
Supporters say some senior citizens need more protection because of their age and health.
The measure has already been approved by the Senate and now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.