Lawmakers on the State Senate Retirement Committee want to see more study on the problem of elder abuse.
Committee members approved Senate Bill 168. It creates a legislative task force to examine the issue.
Republican State Senator Dave Novstrup is a prime sponsor of the bill. He says the task force needs to examine all the ways seniors could be abused.
Novstrup says in order to tackle the problem lawmakers need to understand the extent of emotional, physical, and financial abuse of the elderly in South Dakota.