Chuck Slemp III on House Bill 2018 & Senate Bill 1297

Paraphrasing a post on his social media page, Chuck Slemp III Commonwealth Attorney for Wise County and the City of Norton stated that, “Combating elder abuse and seeking new laws to safeguard our most vulnerable citizens has been a priority for my office since I first ran for Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2015. I am proud to announce that those efforts are making a difference and we are seeing results!
On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, House Bill 2018 passed the Virginia House of Delegates 100-0 and Senate Bill 1297 passed the Virginia Senate 39-0. These bills are identical proposals to close a loophole in existing law and allow adult protective services workers to seek a temporary court protective order in emergency situations in order to safeguard incapacitated adults subjected to an act of violence, force, threat or financial exploitation.
We worked closely with the late Senator Ben Chafin, the Attorney General’s Office, judges at all levels of Virginia’s judiciary, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and elder justice advocates in crafting this legislation. Senator Chafin took a particular interest in this issue because he represented Departments of Social Services in his private practice. It is my hope that this important new law will safeguard a vulnerable population and will be a testament of Senator Chafin’s lasting legacy of public service and commitment to protecting seniors from elder abuse. I am very thankful for the efforts of Senator Obenshain and Delegate Mullin this session to get this bill passed on his behalf.
We worked closely with the late Senator Ben Chafin, the Attorney General’s Office, judges at all levels of Virginia’s judiciary, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and elder justice advocates in crafting this legislation. Senator Chafin took a particular interest in this issue and represented Departments of Social Services in his private practice. It is my hope that this important new law will safeguard a vulnerable population and will be a testament of Senator Chafin’s lasting legacy of public service and commitment to protecting seniors from elder abuse.

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