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Mo. House to weigh expansion of elder abuse law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Legislation adding financial exploitation to crimes covered by Missouri’s elder abuse law is ready for debate in the House.

The bill would make it a crime for certain people in authority to take advantage of an elderly person’s state of mind for financial gain. The provision would apply to people who have guardianship, power of attorney or some other financial management role for seniors.

If money stolen from an elderly person had been meant for nursing home expenses, a judge could order the money sent to the home.

The bill was sent to the House on Tuesday after clearing committee review. The Senate has already approved the measure.

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Elder abuse bill is SB689

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Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov

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