The House cleared legislation on Tuesday to enhance law enforcement efforts against crimes that are targeted at the elderly.
he crimes include financial exploitation, fraud, physical and emotional abuse, and neglect.
Lawmakers approved the Elder Abuse Prevention and Protection Act of 2017 by voice vote, sending it to President Trump’s desk for a final signature.
“We must ensure that appropriate measures are taken to protect our senior citizens and that is precisely what this bill aims to do,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).
The bill, authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), designates at least one assistant U.S. attorney in each federal judicial district to serve as legal counsel on matters relating to elder abuse, prosecute cases and ensure data collection.