Current Status Introducing Body:
HouseBill Number: 3303Ratification Number: 75Act Number: 178Primary Sponsor: P. HarrisType of Legislation: JRSubject: Long Term Care CouncilCompanion Bill Number: 543Date Bill Passed both Bodies: Apr 16, 1991Computer Document Number: BR1/1150.ACGovernor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: Apr 24, 1991Introduced Date: Jan 24, 1991Date of Last Amendment: Mar 05, 1991Last History Body: ------Last History Date: Apr 24, 1991Last History Type: Act No. 178Scope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: P. Harris Waldrop WilderType of Legislation: Joint Resolution
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- 3303 ------ Apr 24, 1991 Act No. 178 3303 ------ Apr 24, 1991 Signed by Governor 3303 ------ Apr 18, 1991 Ratified R 75 3303 Senate Apr 16, 1991 Read third time, enrolled for ratification 3303 Senate Apr 04, 1991 Read second time 3303 Senate Apr 02, 1991 Committee Report: Favorable 13 3303 Senate Mar 07, 1991 Introduced, read first time, 13 referred to Committee 3303 House Mar 06, 1991 Read third time, sent to Senate 3303 House Mar 05, 1991 Amended, read second time 3303 House Feb 28, 1991 Committee Report: Favorable 27 with amendment 3303 House Jan 24, 1991 Introduced, read first time, 27 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A178, R75, H3303)
A JOINT RESOLUTION TO DIRECT THE LONG TERM CARE COUNCIL TO STUDY AND RECOMMEND A SYSTEM FOR INVESTIGATING AND PROSECUTING ADULT ABUSE, NEGLECT, AND EXPLOITATION, TO CLARIFY THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THOSE AGENCIES IN THIS SYSTEM, TO PROVIDE FOR AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO COLLABORATE ON THE STUDY, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP AND STAFFING.
Whereas, many elderly and handicapped adults are dependent upon others for all or part of their care; and
Whereas, dependent adults are especially vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and exploitation; and
Whereas, the incidence of adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation is on the rise nationally and in South Carolina; and
Whereas, it is vital to protect dependent adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation; and
Whereas, many governmental agencies have overlapping jurisdiction for investigating and prosecuting adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation; and
Whereas, better cooperation and coordination among these agencies is needed to provide effective protection to dependent adults; and
Whereas, the General Assembly finds that a study to recommend an effective system for reporting, investigating, and prosecuting adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation would be beneficial to the quality of life for dependent adults in South Carolina. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Long Term Care Council to study adult abuse-neglect and exploitation
SECTION 1. (A) The Long Term Care Council shall study and recommend an effective system for reporting, investigating, and prosecuting adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation in this State including clarification of the roles and responsibilities of agencies involved in this system.
(B) The Long Term Care Council shall convene an advisory committee of knowledgeable individuals and agency representatives to collaborate on the study and the development of this system. The advisory committee is to be comprised of the following members or their designees:
(1) Attorney General;
(2) a circuit court judge;
(3) a family court judge;
(4) Chairman of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee;
(5) Chairman of the House of Representatives Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee;
(6) Chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging;
(7) Ombudsman of the Governor's Office;
(8) Director of the State Law Enforcement Division;
(9) Executive Director of the State Health and Human Services Finance Commission;
(10) Executive Director of the Commission on Aging;
(11) Commissioner of the Department of Health and Environmental Control;
(12) State Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health;
(13) Commissioner of the Department of Mental Retardation;
(14) Commissioner of the State Department of Social Services;
(15) Executive Director of the South Carolina Protection and Advocacy System for the Handicapped, Inc.;
(16) President of the South Carolina Solicitor's Association;
(17) Executive Director of the South Carolina Sheriff's Association.
(C) Agencies represented on the Long Term Care Council shall staff the advisory committee.
Reports to be submitted
SECTION 2. The Long Term Care Council shall submit to the Governor and the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging a status report on December 1, 1991, and its study and recommendations no later than one year after this joint resolution takes effect.
SECTION 3. This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 24th day of April, 1991.