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Governor Dayton signs bill to protect vulnerable adults

April 18, 2012

Today in a public signing ceremony, Governor Mark Dayton signed Chapter 175, Senate File 1586 which makes the intentional abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults a felony crime.  The new law also includes a provision that will toughen criminal penalties for parents who use restraints to abuse and harm a child.
Governor Dayton was joined by a bipartisan group of legislators, agency commissioners and a diverse group of activists who worked to pass this bill: 

  • Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota Department of Health

  • Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, Minnesota Department of Human Services

  • Senator Warren Limmer

  • Senator Dan Sparks

  • Representative Steve Gottwalt

  • Representative Jeanne Poppe

  • Representative Debra Hilstrom

  • Representative Joyce Peppin

  • Representative Patti Fritz

  • Mike Freeman, Hennepin County Attorney

  • Tony Palumbo, Anoka County Attorney

  • Sheriff  Terese Amazi, Mower County

  • Iris Freeman, Center for Elder Justice and Policy, William Mitchell College of Law

  • Dr. Lowery Johnson, State President, AARP

  • Rick Varco, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota

  • Bernie Hesse, UFCW Local 1189

  • Linda Hamilton, President, Minnesota Nurses Association

  • Toby Pearson, Care Providers of Minnesota

  • Darrell Shreve, Aging Services of Minnesota

  • Jennifer Sorensen, Executive Director, Minnesota HomeCare Association