New legislation proposes more controls for those living under conservatories – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Britney Spears Conservatory is over, but the fallout from her case continues.

A state legislator is proposing a bill that he said would limit further abuse of power.

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“This bill aims to reform the California probate system, to create less restrictive alternatives and to ensure that conservatives retain their individual rights,” said San Diego Democratic Rep. Brian Maienschein.

Maienschein said his legislation would give those living under a conservatory more control, require courts to consider alternatives to conservatories, and make conservatories easier to close.

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Judy Mark, chairman of Disability Voices United, supports the bill.

“Our conservatory laws present the paradox of protecting people with disabilities by depriving them of their rights,” Mark said.

Britney Spears’ court battle to end her conservatory resonated with some in the disability community, including Tim Jin.

“I am a 46-year-old Korean-American man who has cerebral palsy. I use a communication device in the bottom of my wheelchair,” he said.

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Jin said Spears’ conservatory hit him because of how some people with disabilities are being deprived of control over their lives.

“I have seen how Britney was treated when she was deprived of all her rights for 13 years. I was so happy that she won her right to close her conservatory,” he said.

Some, like lawyer Troy Martin, however, question whether the new bill is superfluous.

“Last September, in response to the termination of the Britney Conservatory, the Legislature passed a law that basically requires annual jury trials to decide whether the conservatory should remain in place or not, and also requires court investigators, on one annually consider what the alternatives to conservatory are, ”said Martin.

He said he was concerned that Spears’ unique case could have a negative impact on conservatories designed to protect people.

“With legislation on top of the legislation, it makes it harder for people to get conservatories to protect people who legitimately need to be protected,” Martin said.

Spears’ saga with his father is still not over. The two sides were back in court Wednesday, with Spears ‘father’s lawyer claiming he is entitled to additional attorneys’ fees. A decision on this is not expected until July.

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