Gov. Peter Shumlin has vetoed a bill calling for increased reporting on the performance of a state agency responsible for protecting elderly and disabled Vermonters.
The Adult Protective Services division of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living has been under fire recently and is being sued by groups representing the elderly and disabled.
The groups bringing suit say investigations of abuse are too slow to begin and there are delays in completing probes as well. Shumlin and the department’s commissioner say they’ve made strides to correct problems they inherited from the previous administration.
Shumlin says the increased reporting would not have improved the situation and instead would have interfered with the more important work of the division.