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Published February 06, 2013, 04:10 PM

North Dakota bill aims to protect seniors, vulnerable adults

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate is considering bipartisan legislation that would require the reporting of abuse or neglect of senior citizens and other vulnerable adults.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate is considering bipartisan legislation that would require the reporting of abuse or neglect of senior citizens and other vulnerable adults.

Sen. Phil Murphy says North Dakota and Colorado are the only two states that don't require the reporting of abuse to elders or other vulnerable adults. The Portland Democrat says the bill is intended to protect seniors from physical, mental, sexual and financial abuse.

Mary Quintus of New Salem told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that "to be a North Dakotan means you don't push you nose in other people's business." The retired nurse says when it comes to elder abuse, "it is our business to put our noses in other people's business."

The Senate committee took no action on the bill Wednesday.

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