BOSTON – Senator Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, joined her colleagues in voting on legislation known as “Nicky’s Law” that would strengthen protections for persons with disabilities. In an effort to prevent continued caretaker employment for offenders, the bill would direct the Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) to establish a registry that identifies individuals who have been found to have committed abuse against persons with disabilities.
“It is unconscionable that we do not have laws on the books to adequately protect disabled persons in Massachusetts who experience harm by their own caretakers,” said Senator Friedman. “The Senate showed its commitment to our state’s disabled population today by passing this important legislation, which would make it much easier to identify abusive caretakers in our communities. This is a commonsense step that will make an enormous impact on our families, friends and neighbors throughout the Commonwealth.”