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S. 178 (115th): Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act

A bill to prevent elder abuse and exploitation and improve the justice system's response to victims in elder abuse and exploitation cases.

Sponsor and status

Charles “Chuck” Grassley

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Iowa. Republican.

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Last Updated: Oct 4, 2017
Length: 10 pages
Jan 20, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 18, 2017

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 18, 2017.

Pub.L. 115-70

15 Cosponsors (11 Democrats, 4 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Judiciary Committee Approves Bill Targeting Perpetrators of Crimes against Seniors
    — Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA] (Sponsor) on Feb 9, 2017

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - September 29, 2017
    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP] on Oct 1, 2017

Walker Co-Sponsored Human Trafficking Legislation Signed by President Trump
    — Rep. Mark Walker [R-NC6, 2015-2020] on Apr 15, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates S. 178 will add $20 million in new spending through 2022.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 182: Court-Appointed Guardian Accountability and Senior Protection Act

Introduced on Jan 20, 2017. 95% incorporated. (compare text)


Jan 20, 2017

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Jan 31, 2017
Considered by Senate Committee on the Judiciary

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Feb 1, 2017
Considered by Senate Committee on the Judiciary

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Feb 9, 2017
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Mar 23, 2017
Reported by Senate Committee on the Judiciary

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Aug 1, 2017
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Oct 3, 2017
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Oct 18, 2017
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 178 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 178. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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