Bill to establish permanent Elder Law Center now law

Senator Amanda Shelton (file photo)

A permanent Elder Justice Center will provide necessary legal aid to more than 400 of Guam’s elderly population in waiting and who are in the greatest economic and social need of representation.

Today’s signing of Bill No. 100-36 (COR), authored by Senator Amanda L. Shelton, is a meaningful step toward this goal.

“Caring for our manåmko’ is at the heart of our island’s culture. Bill 100’s enactment into law ensures that we continue to honor their legacy through a more permanent and sustainable Elder Justice Center that will serve our seniors for years to come beyond the hundreds on the existing waiting list,” said Senator Shelton.

Bill 100, now Public Law 36-19, authorizes the Public Defender Service Corporation (PDSC) to apply for, receive, and administer federal grants to establish a long-standing program that would provide legal assistance to Guam’s elderly population. The new law comes just in time for the celebration of Senior Citizens Month in May and the grand opening of the Elder Justice Center this Monday.

“Our manåmko’ have waited long enough for the establishment of the Elder Justice Center,” said Senator Shelton. “I want to thank the Governor for her support in ensuring that this reality is made permanent.”

(Senator Amanda Shelton Release)