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Governor’s Bill Protecting Vulnerable Adults Passes Senate

February 17, 2012, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today welcomed the Alaska Senate’s passage of legislation strengthening penalties for criminals who target some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens. The bill protects these Alaskans from financial exploitation.

“I appreciate the Senate passing this important bill that will protect victims who are targeted because of their age or the benefits they’re entitled to receive,” Governor Parnell said. “This bill will also improve the ability of those investigating reports of harm, so they may obtain vital information in a timely manner. This will result in better services and safety for Alaska’s vulnerable adults, and shield them from abuse, neglect and exploitation.”

Senate Bill 86, sponsored by Governor Parnell, strengthens the laws against financial exploitation and allows expedited emergency protection orders for seniors. The legislation is designed to help vulnerable adults who are unable to protect their own interests.

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