State Rep. Graham Filler today led the House Judiciary Committee in approving a bipartisan plan to ensure vulnerable adults are not taken advantage of by those who are trusted to care for them.
Filler, who chairs the committee, is sponsoring the historic plan to improve the state’s guardianship and conservatorship systems, the process used after a court decides an individual is not capable of making their own legal, medical or financial decisions.
“We’ve seen egregious cases in southeast Michigan, including one where a guardian severely limited an elderly couple’s access to their loved ones, spending thousands of the couple’s money to erect fences to keep family out,” Filler said. “I’m working hard to institute some common-sense guardrails to prevent abuse and stop guardians who neglect or take advantage of their wards.”
The legislation, which has support from the attorney general, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Megan Cavanagh and numerous other state leaders, is the culmination of more than two years of work by the Elder Abuse Task Force. The group of about 55 organizations and more than 100 individuals is dedicated to addressing abuse, neglect and exploitation of Michigan’s vulnerable older adults.
Filler said the comprehensive proposal – House Bills 4847-50 – will fix issues identified by the task force and provide a number of important safeguards for the elderly and people with disabilities. It will provide procedural safeguards for the appointment of guardians, require guardians to take special precautions to protect people’s property and increase transparency about the way a ward’s property is being used.
The plan now advances to the full House for further consideration.
State Rep. Graham Filler this week voted to eliminate a requirement recently put in place by the unelected Natural Resources Commission (NRC) that, if allowed to stand, could result in criminal penalties for deer hunters who fail to comply.
State Rep. Graham Filler (R-Clinton County) and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint), with support from Michigan business owners and representatives from the Michigan Chamber, Small Business Association of Michigan and the Southwest Michigan Chamber of Commerce, today called upon state legislators to support House Bill 4902 and Senate Bill 117, also known as the Buy Michigan plan.