An Act To Protect Older Adults from Financial Exploitation
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, senior citizens are often the targets of fraudulent and exploitive financial schemes; and
Whereas, personal financial management assistance for those senior citizens who are no longer able to manage their finances could decrease the number of senior citizens who are taken advantage of financially and allow them to continue to live independently; and
Whereas, this legislation provides such assistance and needs to take effect as soon as possible to prevent further abuse; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §5114, sub-§2, ¶¶F and G as enacted by PL 1973, c. 630, §1, are amended to read:
Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §5114, sub-§2, ¶H is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF
Office of Aging and Disability Services Central Office - 0140
Initiative: Provides funding to support personal financial management assistance programs for senior citizens.
|GENERAL FUND TOTAL||$175,000||$175,000|
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
This bill provides ongoing funding to the office of aging and disability services program within the Department of Health and Human Services for the operation of personal financial management assistance programs for senior citizens.