09 March 2023- The Senate Aging and Youth Committee on Monday in Harrisburg unanimously passed legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) to help combat financial crimes that target senior citizens.
Senate Bill 137 would amend the Telemarketer Registration Act to require regular communication between the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and the state Department of Aging when new scams targeting senior citizens are reported or investigated.
“Financial exploitation is the fastest growing form of elder abuse in Pennsylvania,” Mastriano said. “These crimes can come in the form of phone call schemes like targeted robocalls, government impersonation, sweepstakes and lottery scams, and computer tech support scams. The quicker local agencies under the Department of Aging are made aware of these scams, the quicker they can alert senior citizens across the state by coordinating with the county Area Agencies on Aging.”
Senate Bill 137 was re-referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.