2015: Iowa: Senator Rob Hogg (D) Introduces SF306
NASGA Member Misty Davis, Senator Hogg’s constituent, has been battling to see her beloved brother, Jimmy Davis, who was wrongfully separated and isolated from his family. She took her plight to her elected representatives and Senator Hogg responded with SF306 – An act relating to the communication and visitation of an adult ward and another person: An adult ward under a guardianship has the right to communication, visitation or interaction with other persons upon the consent of the adult ward....
READ SF 306
SF 306 was signed into law 4/24/15: Congratulations, Misty Davis!
2015: From “The Vegas Voice” Rana Goodman: SB262 Finally a Reality!
“As I have said all along, although many changes need to be made to the Family Court system, removing the residency requirement was a starting point for each and every victim family member that Dan and I have been working with these long months.
Thanks to the support of all of you that have signed the petitions and backed us up, our voices WERE HEARD, it has been done and much more.
Each time we spoke with the legislators working on this issue, each time we wrote about it in the paper, we pushed things that needed to be fixed.
This week in Carson City we thought it would be more of the same, but it was so gratifying to see all of that work become an actual bill.
Dan and I went to Carson City armed with copies of The Vegas Voice, we were pleasantly surprised to see copies on the desks of most of the legislators we had come to lobby. It seems guardianship was a hot topic.
By the time we arrived for our appointment at the Attorney General’s office and sat down to talk, Mr. Winne flipped open his file and copies of the paper were clipped inside there too.
Dan and I glanced at each other wondering if that was good or bad and Mr. Winne said that it was the constant stories in the paper that brought the investigation forward. At this point they are collecting information from all the victims they can.”
Rana Goodman and petitions
Thank you to Rana Goodman, Dan Roberts, Steve Miller and all the press which has covered breaking story after breaking story about Clark County Nevada, the advocates who who tirelessly pushed on until the job was done, the families who supported those on the front lines. and the legislators who listened and took action!
2015: Illinois Representative Davis Harris Introduces Three Bills Into The 2015 Legislative Session:
During the 2014 legislative session, Representative David Harris (R, 53rd District), working with NASGA Director Sylvia Rudek, introduced HB5573, a bill aimed to empower and strengthen Power of Attorney and advance directives.
Despite overwhelming support NASGA received in feedback from victims, families, and guardianship stakeholders, sadly HB5573 was stalled in the Rules Committee.
Representative Harris’ commitment to protect the elderly and disabled citizens of Illinois was not dissuaded.
This year, Representative Harris, again conferring with Sylvia Rudek, has introduced three bills to the 2015 legislative session:
HB2504 concerns the length of temporary guardianship and provides that an extension of the temporary guardianship may be granted, if specific conditions are met, for no longer than 90 days from the date of original appointment.
HB2505 provides that a temporary guardian shall have limited powers and duties (instead of “all the powers and duties”) of a guardian of the person or estate which are enumerated by court order.
HB2506 provides that unless a guardian of the person or a disabled adult is specifically authorized by court order, the guardian shall not restrict the person rights of the ward, including, but not limited to, the right to receive visitors, telephone calls, and personal mail. Hearings are scheduled to discuss and debate the bills.
NASGA enthusiastically supports Senator Harris’ efforts and very much appreciates his concern and legislative action on behalf of the elderly and disabled of Illinois and victims of unlawful and abusive guardianships.
READ the text of HB2504
READ the text of HB2505
READ the text of HB2506
READ “NASGA on HB5573”
2014: NASGA Member and Director, Sylvia Rudek consulted with Illinois Representative David Harris
who then introduced HB5573, designed to protect the validity of previously properly and legally executed Power of Attorney (Poa) and Advance Directives, stating in clear and concise language that these documents shall stand — only to be overturned if undue influence in the creation of the document(s) is proven at a due process hearing conducted for that purpose.
2014: Illinois Legislative Janet Bedin and Sylvia Rudek also worked with Illinois State Senator Stephen Stadelman
on SB1051 Amendment 1 which was then introduced into the House by Representative Harris and quickly passed and ultimately signed into law by Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn. (Janet Bedin is a constituent of Senator Stadelman whom she contacted regarding the guardianship attempt on her Mother, Dolores Bedin – a case which exemplifies guardianship being used as retaliation.)
Senator Stadelman released the following press release:
2014: NASGA Advocacy Liaison, Linda Kincaid*, was instrumental in the creation, the introduction by Assembly Member Bob Wieckowski, and the passing of AB937 in California.
AB937 states a conservatee has the right to have visitors, to make and receive phone calls, and to receive personal mail.
Although these basics rights are already affirmed in California statute, they are not specifically clarified in California Probate Code.
Two days after the death of Linda’s Mother, Carol Hahn, who was a victim of isolation, Linda Kincaid stood in front of the San Bernadino Board of Supervisors and announced Governor Brown had signed AB937 into law.
*Linda Kincaid later started her own organization in California.