S. 1744, Guardian Accountability and Senior Protection Act

Cost Estimate
December 20, 2012

As reported by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on July, 12, 2012

S. 1744 would amend the Older Americans Act to authorize grants to state courts to assist in collaborating with the state agencies on aging and state adult protective service agencies in assessing each state’s practices and procedures used to determine whether to impose adult guardianships and conservatorships. A portion of each grant would be used to implement or improve systems for conducting background checks on prospective guardians and conservators. CBO estimates that enacting S. 1744 would increase discretionary authorizations by $30 million each year and that implementing the bill would cost $108 million over the 2013-2017 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.

Pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply to this legislation because it would not affect direct spending or revenues.

S. 1744 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.