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Assemblymember Mark Stone
Chair, Assembly Committee on Judiciary
1020 N Street, Room 104
Sacramento, CA 95814
sent via CA Legislature Position Letter Portal
RE: AB 1663 – The Probate Conservatorship Reform and Supported Decisionmaking Act (Support)
Dear Chairperson Stone:
We write to express our strong support for AB 1663 (Maienschein), The Probate Conservatorship Reform and Supported Decisionmaking Act. AB 1663 will protect the rights of conservatees and establish less restrictive alternatives that should be considered to ensure conservatorships are used only as a last resort.
People with disabilities and older adults are often caught in the pipeline to conservatorship, which offers no meaningful alternatives, and funnels people into a system that strips them of basic civil rights and their ability to advocate for themselves. Reform is necessary to ensure that elders and people with disabilities retain their rights as the default.
The Britney Spears conservatorship case exposed deep flaws within California’s probate conservatorship system and demonstrates how easily people can become trapped in a conservatorship and how difficult it is to escape.
AB 1663 will reform the probate conservatorship system in four key ways to help people maintain choice and control over their lives. The first step is avoiding probate conservatorships by recognizing alternatives such as Supported Decisionmaking. The second is encouraging probate conservatorships as a last resort. The third is making them easier to end and, fourth, ensuring conservatees have a level of choice in decisions made regarding their lives.
For these reasons, we urge your support for AB 1663 (Maienschein) The Probate Conservatorship Reform and Supported Decision-Making Act.