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Friday, February 11, 2011

State Lawmakers Trying to Protect Elderly and Disabled

A House bill to create a registry of people who abuse adults cleared a committee Thursday, one day after a Senate committee approved a similar bill.  House Bill 101 would create a database similar to the child abuse registry.  Kentucky currently maintains a registry of those found by state social service officials to have neglected or abused children — and those individuals are barred from jobs caring for children, such as in day care facilities or schools.  HB 101 passed the House Health and Welfare Committee unanimously with little discussion. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved a similar measure, Senate Bill 38, on Wednesday.  The bill now goes to the House.

The committee also approved and sent to the full House several other measures Thursday involving health care and the protection of people with disabilities.  This includes approval of a measure meant to protect disabled adults in institutions. HB 132 would allow for immediate dismissal of any worker in a licensed facility for adults with mental disabilities who negligently fails to provide supervision of residents, placing them at risk of death or injury.  This bill will also go to the House.
 
Courtesy Courier-Journal.

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