By ALEXIS MYERS Associated Press Apr 28, 2017
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Vulnerable adults would be better protected against financial exploitation and neglect in Washington state under a new law awaiting the governor’s signature.
The legislation, requested by the attorney general, would create a new crime of theft involving a vulnerable adult – any person 18 years or older who is clearly mentally or physically unable to care for himself or herself or suffers from a cognitive impairment.
House Bill 1153 unanimously passed in the Senate earlier this month and was approved in the House in February. A date has not yet been set for the bill to be signed by Gov. Jay Inslee, though it will happen within the next few weeks.
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