Lawmakers Hoping to Strengthen Penalties for Edler Abuse
As Iowa's population ages, lawmakers are determining the best policies to protect the state's elderly population from financial exploitation and other abuses. The state Senate and House have approved different versions of a bill intended to toughen penalties for financially exploiting elderly people and to establish better protections for vulnerable adults. Rep. Chip Baltimore, a Republican from Boone, says protecting Iowans who are most vulnerable is a priority. He says the House-backed bill is ``a positive step toward protecting Iowans who can't protect themselves.''