Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo announced a proposed bill Friday that would create stricter background checks for the guardians of vulnerable adults, the Star Tribune reported.
The bill, which was written by state Rep. Debra Hilstrom, DFL-Brooklyn Center, and Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, would also protect against financial exploitation.
According to the Star Tribune, the bill comes in the wake of the prosecution of former guardian Terri Ann Hauge, who stole tens of thousands of dollars from the bank accounts of multiple wards.
Hauge had been suspended from practicing law in 1995, the Pioneer Press reported, but was still able to serve as a guardian because Minnesota Law does not require the disclosure of suspensions.
According to the Pioneer Press, the new legislation would require background checks every two years instead of the current five years. It would also require potential guardians to disclose information that could impede their ability to be a guardian, including whether they had a license denied, suspended or revoked in the past.