An Act To Strengthen the Protections for Senior Citizens in the State
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, this legislation needs to take effect before the expiration of the 90-day period in order for the protections it provides for senior citizens to be in place as soon as possible; 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Sec. 1. 17-A MRSA §555, sub-§1, as repealed and replaced by PL 2005, c. 431, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 17-A MRSA §555, sub-§2, as repealed and replaced by PL 2005, c. 431, §1, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
Sec. 3. 17-A MRSA §1151, sub-§8, ¶A, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 149, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 4. 22 MRSA §3472, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2003, c. 653, §2, is further amended to read:
Sec. 5. 22 MRSA §3472, sub-§9-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 6. 22 MRSA §3472, sub-§16 is enacted to read:
Sec. 7. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
ATTORNEY GENERAL, DEPARTMENT OF
Initiative: Provides funding for one Detective position and one Assistant Attorney General position.
POSITIONS - LEGISLATIVE COUNT
|GENERAL FUND TOTAL||$205,969||$202,599|
Sec. 8. Funding. The Attorney General may accept any funds available to fund positions within the Department of the Attorney General to investigate and prosecute the financial exploitation of dependent adults in accordance with this Act.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
This bill strengthens the protections for senior citizens in the State.
1. It amends the purposes of the criminal sentencing provisions to specifically reference the factor of a victim's ability to self-protect due to age.
2. It defines "dependent person."
3. It specifically includes financial exploitation in the definition of "abuse."
4. It provides funds for one Detective position and one Assistant Attorney General position.
5. It authorizes the Attorney General to accept funds to fund those positions.