Rep. Doug Wozniak yesterday testified before the House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors in support of House Bill 4473, which would increase fines up to $1,000 for assaulting or restraining an elderly or vulnerable adult, with penalties growing based on severity of the crime.
“Elder abuse is sadly an underreported crime that continues to plague our senior community in Michigan and across the nation,” said Rep. Wozniak. “It’s abuse that often goes unnoticed because vulnerable adults have little ability to protect and speak up for themselves. More can and must be done to protect the elderly from abuse that ranges from physical to financial.”
The Aging and Adult Services Agency of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports that an estimated one in 10 adults in the state are victims of elder abuse. The number is only expected to increase as the state’s aging population continues to grow. Elder abuse falls into the following categories: physical, psychological or verbal, sexual, financial exploitation, and neglect.
“As Michigan’s elderly population grows we must continue shining a light on the horrors that can sometimes take place at long-term care facilities and in private homes,” said Rep. Wozniak. “I have dedicated much of my time as a public servant to addressing these issues, and I will continue to be a voice for the elderly and vulnerable adults who cannot advocate for themselves.”
Rep. Wozniak is vice-chair of the Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors.
“The Constitution is the foundation of our American republic, serving as a source of inspiration for the pursuit of freedom and justice around the world. We should be thankful for the blessings of our forefathers to give us a form of government that has served us well for more than two centuries.
After Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) acting Director Liza Estlund Olson testified before the House Oversight Committee, state Rep. Doug Wozniak, a member of the committee, said the testimony made clear the need for accountability at the agency.
On September 9, the Michigan House of Representatives commemorated the 20th anniversary of the deadly terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. We honored not only those killed by these attacks but also the service and dedication of all first responders from around our great state.
In a special way, the House honored the lives and memory of first responders who had passed away within the past year. It was my privilege to host Marsha Posavetz at the event to honor the life and memory of her husband, Fred Posavetz, who served as the Chief of Clinton Township Police for fourteen years before passing away due to COVID-19 on March 22, 2021.