WASHINGTON (WCBD) – Representatives Nancy Mace (SC-01) and Charlie Crist (FL-13) introduced bipartisan legislation on Tuesday aimed at restoring and protecting the rights of Americans who are under conservatorship.
It was brought about by Britney Spears’ recent allegations of abuse as a result of her conservatorship.
The bill “would give all Americans – even those under guardianship – the right to petition a judge to replace a private guardian or conservator with a public guardian, family member, or designated agent as defined in their estate documents without needing to prove misconduct or abuse.”
It would also designate “an independent caseworker to every person under guardianship to monitor for signs of abuse, and inform the individual of their new right to replace their guardian or conservator” and provide “grants to states to establish caseworker programs and hire more state guardians under the condition that all caseworkers and state guardians provide financial disclosure to avoid conflicts of interest.”
“Britney Spears’ conservatorship is a nightmare. If it can happen to her, it can happen to anyone. Conservatorships undoubtedly protect countless vulnerable Americans from abuse, but the case of Britney Spears reveals a darker side to a system meant to protect people,” said Rep. Nancy Mace. “In some cases, conservatorships can rob capable and innocent Americans of their money, careers, and even basic human rights, like the right to reproduce in Spears case.
To see a woman like Britney Spears have her most basic human rights permanently stripped away from her under the guise of ‘protection’ should be illegal. Our bipartisan bill will do more than #FreeBritney, it will give anyone in a conservatorship the right to petition the court for a public guardian with absolutely no conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise. This is a solid first step toward conservatorship reform. I want to thank Ms. Spears for her courage in coming forward.”
You can read text of the full bill by clicking here.