|The House Committee on Senior, Children, and Family Issues met on “Seniors Day” at the Capitol and discussed HB 4362, establishing penalties for emotional abuse of an incapacitated adult; to establish penalties for abuse, neglect or emotional abuse of a nonverbal special needs child; and to establish penalties for causing death of a nonverbal special needs child. This bill arose from a specific incident at a school regarding a nonverbal special needs child. Del. Canestraro, an assistant prosecutor, questioned whether a new law outside of child abuse statute was needed. Del. Bibbee from Berkeley County, where the incident occurred, answered questions about the incident (widely shown around the state in a video) and why the law was needed. The bill passed but will also go to House Judiciary.
HB 4377 adds a new article creating The Protection of Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation Act. The bill defines “financial exploitation” and “eligible adult”; and details the obligations and duties of broker-dealers or investment advisers to notify certain agencies of potential financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. The bill passed and is second-referenced to House Judiciary.
The Senate Judiciary Committee also passed a similar bill, SB308 which states that any person who violates a temporary or final financial exploitation protective order for an elderly person or an incapacitate adult would be guilty of a misdemeanor and would be fined $1,000 or jailed up to 90 days for a first offense. A second offense would result in a $2,500 fine or up to one year in jail.