Disability-Related Bills Stemming From Phoenix Hacienda HealthCare Case To Get Hearings

Published: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 9:10am
Updated: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 9:11am

Last December, two Arizona lawmakers issued a handful of recommendations aimed at keeping people with disabilities and senior citizens safe from abuse.

Since then, legislation has been drafted and some of those measures, will be getting a hearing this week.

Democratic Rep. Jennifer Longdon and Republican Rep. Tim Dunn each sponsored a bill stemming from the ad hoc committee they co-chaired last year.

The committee was formed after an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth to a baby at the Hacienda HealthCare long-term care facility in Phoenix.

The bipartisan committee examined what laws would be needed to keep vulnerable populations from abuse and neglect.

Longdon sponsored a bill that defines emotional abuse. Dunn’s measure would require an independent audit of Adult Protective Services.

Both bills will be heard later this week.

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