(March 3) – A bill by Rep. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, to create additional protection against elder abuse passed the House Judiciary Committee unanimously this afternoon. HB16-1027 allows a prosecuting attorney to automatically video-record the deposition of victims of elder abuse in order to preserve a victim’s testimony in case they would not be able to testify at the time of trial.
“This bill is about protecting older Coloradans,” said Rep. Danielson. “It is one step that we can take to make sure senior citizens can live safely in their homes independently. Elder abuse is one of the lowest-risk, highest-reward crimes in the state and this bill breaks down barriers to prosecuting these cases.”
Elder abuse is a growing trend as the population of Colorado is aging. Because victims of elder abuse may not be well enough or live long enough to testify at trial, their testimony may never be heard. By allowing prosecutors to request recorded testimony and streamlining the process to do so quickly, the bill gives an extra tool to successfully crack down on elder abuse.
The unanimous vote sends the bill to the House floor.

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