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October 28, 2003

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PALO ALTO - The Congress of California Seniors, representing more than 600,000 seniors, released its sixth annual report card today, giving Assemblyman Joe Simitian a 100% voting record on legislation supporting seniors. The group evaluates State Assemblymembers on a wide range of bills of concern to California seniors.

“I am honored to be recognized in this way,” Simitian said, adding that “Senior interests cut across a range of issues – everything from health care to finances to personal safety.”

Simitian, who is Chair of the State’s Select Committee on Elder Abuse, began working on issues of financial elder abuse during his tenure on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and is the author of a state law toughening the penalties for physical abuse of seniors and dependent adults.

This past year Simitian was joint author of AB 634, which protects the elderly from abuses in nursing homes.

“We’ve all known for years that Joe has been a strong ally for seniors.  It’s gratifying to see the state recognize him for his exemplary work,” said Marv Goldman, a Senior Assemblymember from San Mateo County.