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A Task Force to Study Elder Abuse in South Dakota

PHOTO: The Legislature is considering a bill (SB168) that would direct the Governor to appoint eleven members to the task force, charged with looking at financial scams targeting senior citizens. Photo credit: premierco/pixabay.com
PHOTO: The Legislature is considering a bill (SB168) that would direct the Governor to appoint eleven members to the task force, charged with looking at financial scams targeting senior citizens. Photo credit: premierco/pixabay.com
March 2, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. – A bill, setting up an elder abuse task force, proposed by South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson, is rapidly moving though the legislature.

The bill (SB168) would direct the governor to appoint 11 members to the task force, charged with looking at financial scams targeting senior citizens.

Erik Nelson, associate state director for advocacy with AARP-South Dakota, testified before the House State Affairs Committee.

He says AARP have been working extensively on this issue.

"Our office, AARP-South Dakota, in partnership with the South Dakota attorney general, established a Fraud Watch Network,” he relates. “And as part of that, we held a Fraud Watch Network event in every county of South Dakota during the summer of 2014."

Nelson points out the events were partly educational and partly information gathering.

"And what we did is gave a presentation of some of the frauds and scams that we know about and asked our members and seniors of each county to talk to us about some of the fraud and scams they are dealing with," he explains.

Nelson says AARP heard countless stories related to frauds, scams and elder abuse, making it clear there's a need for the legislation.

"We see this bill as an opportunity to continue discussion among our states leaders to bring more light on this matter," he says.

Nelson adds the task force would look for possible solutions and report to the 2016 legislature.

The Senate has passed the bill, and the House State Affairs committee unanimously sent it on to the House floor with a "do pass" recommendation.


Jerry Oster, Public News Service - SD