Jul. 22, 2015

BEDFORD - The House today voted in favor of legislation intended to increase cooperation between state agencies, in order to enhance protection from senior citizens in cases of unwanted telephone calls which lead to financial exploitation, Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) said.

“Cases of senior abuse and fraud are on the rise across the Commonwealth,” Topper said. “House Bill 271 will help our agencies gain more information about how people are falling victim to financial exploitation. This bill provides an opportunity to learn more about these cases, in order to protect seniors from future scams and fraud.”

House Bill 271 calls for the state Office of the Attorney General to have ongoing communication with the Department of Aging in order to ensure that consumers who are 60-years-old or older have access to information regarding the prevention of potential patterns of financial exploitation. Under current law, the attorney general’s office only reports detailed investigations and enforcement actions during the preceding fiscal year to the General Assembly.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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Representative Jesse Topper
78th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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