August 23, 2019

SB 14-098: Clarifying Statutory Language Regarding Crimes Against At-Risk Elders

On Friday, January 24, 2014, Sen. Rachel Zenzinger introduced SB 14-098 – Concerning Clarifications to Statutory Language on Crimes Against At-Risk Elders. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

As amended, the bill adds language that allows for “other thing of value” to the current definition of exploitation of at-risk elders, which currently includes “money, assets, or property”. Language is added to the definition of “abuse” to include “exploitation”. Language confining the action to someone “who exercises authority over an at-risk elder” is removed from the definition of “undue influence”.

Instead of referencing the crime of theft, the bill establishes a new crime of criminal exploitation of an at-risk elder. Reporting requirements related to the mistreatment, neglect, or exploitation of at-risk elders is modified so that the reports no longer have to be forwarded to the district attorney’s office, but rather to a local law enforcement agency or county department of social services.

The bill was amended in the Judiciary Committee and on the Senate floor on 2nd Reading; the bill passed out of the Senate on Friday, Feb. 10 on a 34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused vote. The bill is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

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