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