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Governor Transmits Legislation to Protect Vulnerable Alaskans

February 9, 2011, Juneau, Alaska - Building on his commitment to improve public safety, Governor Sean Parnell today transmitted a bill to the Legislature that would strengthen penalties for criminals who target some of the state's most vulnerable citizens.

"Older Americans, in particular, are victimized because they're more likely to have a nest egg, own their own home, have excellent credit, and - quite simply - many were raised to be trusting," Governor Parnell said. "When victims are targeted because of their age or the benefits they're entitled to receive, the consequences for the perpetrators are going to be much more harsh."

Governor Parnell's bill would strengthen the laws against financial exploitation and expedite emergency protection orders for seniors. The legislation also is designed to help investigators respond more quickly to reports of harm to vulnerable adults who are abused, neglected, or exploited and unable to protect their own interests.

A copy of the bill is available at:

http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell_media/resources_files/02082011_vulnerableadultbill.pdf

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