News about pop star Britney Spears’s conservatorship arrangement prompted bipartisan outrage among congressional lawmakers, as both Democrats and Republicans hopped on the issue either out of genuine policy concern or in order to relate to their voter bases.
But Republicans and Democrats are not rushing to coordinate or cooperate with each other while working on the issue.
Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania last week sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, prompted by Spears’s testimony to the court, asking them to share data and statistics on conservatorship and guardianship legal arrangements that give another person legal responsibility over someone who is incapacitated.
“Ms. Spears’ case has shined a light on longstanding concerns from advocates who have underscored the potential for financial and civil rights abuses of individuals placed under guardianship or conservatorship,” they wrote, but that “comprehensive data” on