State Guardianship Commission holds first meeting

New information about a broken system that is supposed to protect some of our most vulnerable residents.

The Nevada Supreme Court created a state-wide commission to study problems with our guardianship system after a nearly year long Contact 13 Investigation.

Nearly 30 members were appointed to the Commission this month. It will be led by Nevada's top judge, Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty.

Other members include Judge Cynthia Dianne Steel who recently took over all adult guardianship cases in Clark County. She will be joined by leaders from agencies serving senior citizens, lawyers specializing in guardianship, and lawmakers.

Contact 13 caught up with one of the lawmakers, Assemblyman Glenn Trowbridge, who tells us it's all about the families impacted by the guardianship system's failures.

"The thing that's going to justify recommendations is input from the public. In particular, input from people that have been victimized or they're potentially going to be victimized." says Trowbridge. "And I think that that's why we have to rely on meetings like this, and the media, to help us get the word out that these meetings are going on. And their position, their opinions, and their suggestions count."

The Commission's first meeting takes place Wednesday afternoon at 1:30p.m. at the Regional Justice Center.

It's open to the public, so please come and let your voice be heard.

Contact 13 will be there to watch as long-needed change begins to take shape.

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