New York State Senator
Elizabeth O’C. Little
  45th Senate District


Legislation cosponsored by Senator Betty Little that would increase penalties for endangering the welfare of an incompetent of physically disabled person passed the Senate today.

Under current law, endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person is a class A misdemeanor. The legislation would elevate the offense to a class E felony, which carries a penalty of up to 4 years in prison.

"We’ve seen many disabled people make tremendous strides toward greater self-sufficiency," said Little. "However, we shouldn’t overlook that many of these individuals are more vulnerable than the general population.

"Last year, we enacted Jonathan’s Law to ensure parents and guardians have access to records pertaining to allegations and investigations of mistreatment of children in residential care facilities. This high profile case raised awareness and pointed to a need to strengthen the laws protecting those at a greater risk of being victimized."

The bill (S.3894/A.7227) has been sent to the Assembly where it is cosponsored by Assemblywomen Janet Duprey and Teresa Sayward.



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