Top lawmakers support adult protection registry

FRANKFORT, Kentucky (AP) - Legislation seeking to create an adult protection registry in Kentucky has won bipartisan backing from the General Assembly's top leaders.

Gov. Steve Beshear offered his support as well Thursday. He says older Kentuckians and their families are counting on lawmakers to create the registry as an added protection against abuse.

The Senate could take action on the issue as soon as Thursday.

The proposal is backed by Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker Greg Stumbo.

The bill awaiting a Senate vote would require care providers for vulnerable adults to check the registry to make sure prospective employees don't have a history of abusing the elderly or disabled.

The bill requires substantiated findings of adult abuse, neglect or exploitation by those on the list.

The Senate legislation is Senate Bill 98.

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