Bill to protect senior citizens moves forward

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Bill to protect senior citizens moves forward

December 20, 2013 Updated Dec 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM CDT

Washington, D.C. (NNCNOW.com) --- A bill designed to protect senior citizens from neglect and financial exploitation has passed the congressional judiciary committee in Washington D.C.

The bill cracks down on elder abuse by strengthening oversight and accountability for guardians and conservators.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, co-wrote the "Court-Appointed Guardian Accountability and Senior Protection Act.”

Duluth police say such legislation is important to protect our vulnerable senior citizens.

“What we're seeing a lot is the elders being abused through the property and financial crimes and financial exploitation,” Sergeant Chad Nagorski of the Duluth Police Department said.

Senator Klobuchar's legislation would provide support to states to implement programs to increase oversight of guardians and conservators.

Passage in the judiciary committee sets the stage for the full Senate to vote on the measure.