Bill Aims to Prevent Theft from Vulnerable Adults

Updated: 01/28/2013 7:58 AM KSTP.com By: Nick Winkler

Lawmakers are considering better background checks for those who care for the vulnerable.

The bill, authored by DFL Representative Debra Hilstrom, would require background checks for conservators and guardians every two years rather than five.

Conservators and guardians are people courts assign to make decisions for vulnerable adults who no longer can.

If the bill becomes law, it would also check to see if guardians and conservators have been denied or ever had a professional license revoked due to financial matters. Additionally, the bill would also check to see if conservators and guardians have filed for bankruptcy or have civil judgements against them that may indicate they have difficulty managing their own money.

MAGIC, the Minnesota Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship, did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

However, Representative Hilstrom says no one is actively lobbying against the bill.