Bill gets more senate support

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, gained more support for a bill he’s been involved with since last year, when four other lawmakers introduced the same bill Thursday in the Senate to help those living with disabilities have more control over their futures.

The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act would allow people to independently create their own special needs trust accounts.

Current law prevents disabled individuals from independently creating a special needs trust, instead forcing them to have a guardian or court create the trust, even though they might have the mental capacity to do it themselves.

Special needs trusts allow those living with disabilities to have their assets held in a trust to supplement daily living expenses and care.

Thompson first introduced the bill in May. It was originally co-sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and was initiated last year by State College-based elder law attorney Amos Goodall Jr., who also represents those with special needs.