Rocca works to protect senior citizens from abuse

LANSING, Mich.—Legislation introduced by Sen. Tory Rocca that will protect Michigan’s senior citizens and strengthen penalties for those convicted of abusing them was approved by the Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services Committee this week.

“Too many of our vulnerable senior citizens suffer unconscionable acts of physical and financial abuse, and we are acting to stop it,” said Rocca, R-Sterling Heights, sponsor of Senate Bill 455. “These measures will better protect the elderly and increase penalties for the criminals who prey upon them.”

Rocca’s bill creates tough, new penalties for felonious embezzlement against a vulnerable adult. Criminals found guilty of that crime would be punished by up to 20 years in prison if the measure becomes law. The senior protection package also revises a prohibition against fraudulently obtaining a signature.

The abuse of elders is a problem that has affected nearly 80,000 senior citizens in Michigan.

Senate Bills 455, 459 and 465 now go to the full Senate for further consideration.

Senate committee approves Rocca legislation to establish Caylees Law in Michigan

LANSING, Mich.—A person failing to report to law enforcement that a child in their care has gone missing would face a felony of up to two years imprisonment under legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

Senate Bill 626, sponsored by state Sen. Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights, was introduced at the request of nearly 1,000 constituents who voiced support for the measure due to the Caylee Anthony case in Florida.

“The circumstances of Caylee Anthony’s disappearance were heart-breaking. It is unconscionable that anyone would wait 31 days to report the disappearance of a child, and we are acting to make sure a similar case does not happen here in Michigan,” said Rocca. “It is crucial that authorities are notified immediately in the life and death situation of a missing child, and this legislation affords more protection for our kids.”

Senate Bill 626 and Senate Bill 580, the companion legislation, now go to the full Senate for further consideration.