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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1523         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 64

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bruce E. Tarr

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act protecting disabled persons from financial exploitation..

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

James E. Timilty

Bristol and Norfolk

Sonia Chang-Diaz

Second Suffolk

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1523        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 64

By Mr. Tarr, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 64) of Bruce E. Tarr, Bruce J. Ayers, Richard J. Ross, James E. Timilty and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect disabled persons from financial exploitation.  Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 67 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act protecting disabled persons from financial exploitation..
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  Section 1 of chapter 19C of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the words "disabled person", in line 4, the following words:-  or financial exploitation of a disabled person.

              SECTION 2. Said section 1 of chapter 19C of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting, after the definition of “Disabled Person”, the following definition:-

              "Financial exploitation", an act or omission by a caretaker, which causes a substantial monetary or property loss to a disabled person, or causes a substantial monetary or property gain to a caretaker, which gain would otherwise benefit the disabled person but for the act or omission of such caretaker; provided, however, that such an act or omission shall not be construed as financial exploitation if the disabled person has knowingly consented to such act or omission unless such consent is a consequence of misrepresentation, undue influence, coercion or threat of force by such caretaker; and, provided further, that financial exploitation shall not be construed to interfere with or prohibit a bona fide gift by a disabled person or to apply to any act or practice in the conduct of any trade or commerce declared unlawful by section 2 of chapter 93A of the General Laws.

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