(May 16) –Gov. John Hickenlooper visited the Seniors’ Resource Center in Wheat Ridge today to sign two bills that will protect and streamline services for seniors.
SB13-111, sponsored in the House by Reps. Sue Schafer (D-Wheat Ridge) and Amy Stephens (R-Monument), takes the recommendations made by the Elder Abuse Task Force and requires specified professionals and individuals to report to law enforcement instances of suspected abuse, caretaker neglect and financial exploitation of at-risk elders. The bill also improves accountability and funding for investigations and protective services so that the right services will be available at the right time to help ensure at-risk elders’ safety and well-being.
“Colorado is one of just three states that do not require the reporting of elder abuse, and this bill changes that,” Rep. Schafer said. “We must protect those who are most vulnerable from being mistreated and abused.”
The governor also signed SB13-004, sponsored in the House by Rep. Joann Ginal (D-Fort Collins), which allows seniors who are 65 and older to renew their state-issued identification cards online or by mail every renewal period.