(March 9) – A bill by Rep. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, to add protection against elder abuse passed the House unanimously on third reading this morning. 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 is one step we can take to ensure successful prosecutions of elder abuse crimes,” said Rep. Danielson. “The passage of this bill will protect seniors and help them live safely in their homes, independently. I’m thrilled it has the full support of the House.”
Because victims of elder abuse may not be well enough or live long enough to testify at trial, their testimony may never be heard. The bill allows prosecutors to request recorded testimony and streamlines the process to do so, giving an extra tool to successfully crack down on elder abuse.
The unanimous vote sends the bill to the Senate.