HB 1807-FN AN ACT relative to exploitation of elderly, disabled, or impaired adults and establishing a protective order for vulnerable adults.
This bill clarifies the existing law relating to financial exploitation of elderly, disabled, or impaired adults and establishes a provision for the issuance of protective orders for vulnerable adults. Section 1 amends the language of RSA 631:9, I(b) to enhance the definition of coercion to include “where the person knew or had reason to know that the elderly, disabled, or impaired adult lacked the capacity to consent.” This amendment is designed to close a loop hole in the existing law that the Department of Justice believes is hindering prosecutions of financial crimes against this vulnerable population.
The second provision of the bill creates a mechanism for the issuance of protective orders for vulnerable adults. These orders can be initiated by the vulnerable adult, their guardian or an attorney-in-fact of the vulnerable adult. (Prepared by Joan Widmer, MS, MSBA, RN, CEN)
NHNA’s Commission on Government Affairs is in favor of the passage of HB 1807.
A public hearing on this bill was held on January 11,2018, attended by Joan Widmer, Nurse Executive Director NHNA. The House Committee on Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs voted this bill ought to pass.
On February 8, 2018 this bill was transferred to the House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.