Crist Statement on Toxic Conservatorships Hearing

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released this statement on today’s Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on toxic conservatorships/guardianships. This hearing follows Britney Spears’ bold fight for her freedom after spending 13 years in an abusive conservatorship. The hearing is being held by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee.

“I am so grateful that my colleagues in the Senate are taking up the mantel to free Britney and others like her trapped in abusive conservatorships and guardianships. An untold number of Americans are tragically victimized by this broken system, and we can’t sit idly by,” said Rep. Crist. “I’ve fought for guardianship reform for years now, and I am so heartened by the attention this issue is getting. We are going to pass the FREE Act to provide an avenue of escape for others caught in these horrible circumstances.”

In July, Reps. Crist and Nancy Mace (R-SC) introduced the Freedom and Right to Emancipate from Exploitation (FREE) Act, legislation to provide Americans in abusive and exploitative guardianships an escape hatch, establish federal oversight, and provide funding for caseworkers and public alternatives to abusive, for-profit private guardians.

Rep. Crist has been a long-standing advocate for guardianship reform having introduced two bipartisan bills in 2019, the Guardianship Accountability Act and Senior Guardianship Social Security Protection Act, as well as securing language in this year’s house-passed appropriation package to determine how many Americans are under guardianship – a statistic we still don’t know.

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