Senate committee considers guardianship for adults

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ST. THOMAS - The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee considered a number of bills Thursday, including a bill about the guardianship of elderly people in the territory.

The Virgin Islands Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act is sponsored by Sen. Shawn-Michael Malone.

The bill was held in committee for amendments.

The legislation would allow guardianship of the elderly to transfer between the Virgin Islands and the 40 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., jurisdictions that already have adopted the uniform code.

According to the legislation, it is intended to facilitate transfers of guardianship cases between different jurisdictions, helping to reduce expenses and save time while protecting people and their property from potential abuse.

"Under this uniform law, protective orders from other jurisdictions would be recognized and enforced by the courts of the Virgin Islands. In turn, this uniform law would help to facilitate Virgin Islands enforcement of guardianship and protective orders in other states by authorizing a guardian or conservator to register these orders in other states," the bill's summary states.

The committee also held a bill to honor Elroy George for his military service and erect a bust of him in Franklin D. Roosevelt Virgin Islands Veterans Memorial Park on St. Thomas.

The committee approved three bills, which will be forwarded:

- A bill requiring the V.I. Motor Vehicles Bureau to develop and implement a vehicle emissions control and car inspection program.

- A bill to provide for territorial administrative control, supervision, licensure and regulation of the practice of physical therapy.  

- A bill to deter people from filing false claims against the government. 

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