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SB-776 Elder and dependent adult abuse: death review teams.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/22/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 776


Introduced by Senator Skinner

February 22, 2019


An act to amend Section 11174.4 of the Penal Code, relating to elder and dependent adult abuse.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 776, as introduced, Skinner. Elder and dependent adult abuse: death review teams.
Existing law authorizes each county to establish an interagency elder and dependent adult death review team to assist local agencies in identifying and reviewing suspicious elder and dependent adult deaths and facilitating communication among persons who perform autopsies and the various persons and agencies involved in elder and dependent adult abuse or neglect cases. Existing law also authorizes each county to develop a protocol to be used as a guideline by persons performing autopsies on elders and dependent adults to assist coroners and other persons who perform autopsies to identify elder and dependent adult abuse or neglect, among other things. Existing law defines “elder” and “abuse” for purposes of those provisions, as specified, and excludes from the definition of “abuse” any reasonable and necessary force that may result in an injury used by a peace officer acting within the scope of the peace officer’s employment.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those definitions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 11174.4 of the Penal Code is amended to read:

11174.4.
 The following definitions shall govern the construction of this article, unless the context requires otherwise:
(a) “Elder” means any a person who is 65 years of age or older.
(b) (1) “Abuse” means any of the conduct described in Article 2 (commencing with Section 15610) of Chapter 11 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(2) Abuse does not include the use of any reasonable and necessary force that may result in an injury used by a peace officer acting within the course of his or her the peace officer’s employment as a peace officer.