Proposal Enhances Protection Of PA Seniors

HARRISBURG – Legislation has been introduced which is intended to increase cooperation between state departments, in order to enhance protection forsenior citizens in cases of unwanted telephone calls which lead to financial exploitation. Fulton County Rep. Jesse Topper proposed House Bill 2443 which calls for the state Attorney General’s office to notify the PA Department of Aging on a monthly basis regarding any investigation being conducted under the state’s Telemarketer Registration Act, which involves persons age 60 or older. Through that cooperation, local Area Agencies on Aging could identify or possibly observe potential patterns of financial exploitation, such as scams and sweepstakes fraud. Under current law, the Attorney General’s office only reports detailed investigations and enforcement actions during the preceding fiscal year to the General Assembly. The measure is getting bipartisan support.

REP. JESSE TOPPER

REP. JESSE TOPPER

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