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HF 2093

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/10/2021 11:21am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 03/10/2021

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to protected persons; creating a crime for administering controlled
substances without a prescription; creating a crime for violating the bill of rights
for protected persons; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 524.5-120;
609.2325, subdivision 1.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 524.5-120, is amended to read:


new text begin (a) new text endThe person subject to guardianship or person subject to conservatorship retains all
rights not restricted by court order and these rights must be enforced by the court. These
rights include the right to:

(1) treatment with dignity and respect;

(2) due consideration of current and previously stated personal desires and preferences,
including but not limited to medical treatment preferences, cultural practices, religious
beliefs, and other preferences and opinions in decisions made by the guardian or conservator;

(3) participate in decision making about and receive timely and appropriate health care
and medical treatment that does not violate known preferences or conscientious, religious,
or moral beliefs of the person subject to guardianship or person subject to conservatorship;

(4) exercise control of all aspects of life unless delegated specifically to the guardian or
conservator by court order;

(5) guardianship or conservatorship services individually suited to the conditions and
needs of the person subject to guardianship or the person subject to conservatorship;

(6) petition the court to prevent or initiate a change in abode;

(7) care, comfort, social and recreational needs, employment and employment supports,
training, education, habilitation, and rehabilitation care and services, within available

(8) be consulted concerning, and to decide to the extent possible, the reasonable care
and disposition of the clothing, furniture, vehicles, and other personal property and effects
of the person subject to guardianship or person subject to conservatorship, to object to the
disposition of personal property and effects, and to petition the court for a review of the
guardian's or conservator's proposed disposition;

(9) personal privacy;

(10) communicate, visit, or interact with others, including receiving visitors or making
or receiving telephone calls, personal mail, or electronic communications including through
social media, or participating in social activities, unless the guardian has good cause to
believe restriction is necessary because interaction with the person poses a risk of significant
physical, psychological, or financial harm to the person subject to guardianship, and there
is no other means to avoid the significant harm. In all cases, the guardian shall provide
written notice of the restrictions imposed to the court, to the person subject to guardianship,
and to the person subject to restrictions. The person subject to guardianship or the person
subject to restrictions may petition the court to remove or modify the restrictions;

(11) marry and procreate, unless court approval is required;

(12) elect or object to sterilization as provided in section 524.5-313, paragraph (c), clause
(4), item (iv);

(13) at any time, petition the court for termination or modification of the guardianship
or conservatorship, and any decisions made by the guardian or conservator in relation to
powers granted, or for other appropriate relief;

(14) be represented by an attorney in any proceeding or for the purpose of petitioning
the court;

(15) vote, unless restricted by the court;

(16) be consulted concerning, and make decisions to the extent possible, about personal
image and name, unless restricted by the court; and

(17) execute a health care directive, including both health care instructions and the
appointment of a health care agent, if the court has not granted a guardian any of the powers
or duties under section 524.5-313, paragraph (c), clause (1), (2), or (4).

new text begin (b) It is a crime for a legal guardian to prevent the protected person from exercising the
rights enumerated in paragraph (a) and the legal guardian may be sentenced to imprisonment
for not more than one year or to pay a fine of not more than $3,000, or both.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 609.2325, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.


(a) A caregiver whonew text begin intentionally administers a controlled
substance to a vulnerable adult without a valid prescription or administers the controlled
substance in a manner inconsistent with the terms of a valid prescription
new text end, with intent to
produce physical or mental pain or injury to a vulnerable adult, subjects a vulnerable adult
to any aversive or deprivation procedure, unreasonable confinement, or involuntary seclusion,
is guilty of criminal abuse and may be sentenced as provided in subdivision 3.

This paragraph does not apply to therapeutic conduct.

(b) A caregiver, facility staff person, or person providing services in a facility who
engages in sexual contact or penetration, as defined in section 609.341, under circumstances
other than those described in sections 609.342 to 609.345, with a resident, patient, or client
of the facility is guilty of criminal abuse and may be sentenced as provided in subdivision