Committee Passes Danielson Bill Protecting Seniors From Abuse

(Feb. 3) – Rep. Jessie Danielson’s bill to bolster older Coloradans’ protections against physical or financial abuse won Judiciary Committee approval this afternoon.

“Let’s stand up for older Coloradans, who have worked hard their whole lives, to ensure they may retire the way they want and deserve,” Rep. Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, told the committee.

Current law requires some types of professionals, ranging from physicians to clergy members to law enforcement officials to pharmacists, to report physical or financial abuse of Coloradans ages 70 and above when they observe it.

As amended this afternoon, HB15-1018 would expand the list to include victims’ advocates associated with law enforcement agencies, and call-n-ride drivers who pick up a person from a location other than a designated route.

“Our goal is to identify elder abuse victims sooner and protect more Colorado seniors from exploitation,” Rep. Danielson said.

The Judiciary Committee’s 7-6 vote sent the bill to the Public Health & Human Services Committee.

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