HARRISBURG – PA House lawmakers approved a bill that seeks to end the public shaming of care-dependent Pennsylvanians on the internet, specifically on social media. Specifically, House Bill 400 would create a new subsection to the abuse of a care-dependent person in the Crimes Code. It would make it a crime for a caretaker to share any audio, video or still image of a care-dependent person in any format, medium or through any electronic service pertaining to communication with the intent to ridicule them as a type of abuse. The bill grades this type of abuse as a third-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine up to $2,500.The bill now goes to the state Senate. If you are the victim of elder abuse, or you suspect someone you know is a victim, report incidents to your local police by calling 911 or call the state’s 24-hour abuse hotline at 1-800-490-8505.