Proposed Legislation Would Protect Elderly Tennesseans from Abuse

Nashville, TN (2017-04-13) Legislation sponsored by State Representative Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) that cracks down on elder abuse and exploitation continues to advance through the House committee process.

Rep. Kelly T. Keisling (R – Byrdstown)

House Bill 810, also known as the Elderly and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act, closes legal loopholes in existing abuse laws by defining elder abuse and exploitation. This legislation also increases penalties and raises fines for elder abuse offenders. The Elderly and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act also enables the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) to track serial abusers by placing them on a registry and provides new tools to protect the elderly from financial exploitation.

“Elder abuse and financial exploitation are growing problems in our country and this state,” said Representative Keisling. “Tennessee’s senior citizens have made lasting contributions to their communities. Their safety and security must be protected without fail,” he added.

House Bill 810 is expected to be heard by the House Criminal Justice Committee in the next couple of weeks. The full text of the bill can be accessed by visiting the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB0810.pdf

Kelly Keisling is the Chairman of the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Insurance & Banking Committee and the House Transportation Committee. Keisling lives in Byrdstown and represents House District 38, which includes Macon, Clay, Pickett, Scott and part of Fentress Counties. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Kelly.Keisling@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-6852.