Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Freshman Senator Katrina Shealy is looking to protect the credit of those who may not be able to do it for themselves.

Her first filed bill would allow parents or guardians to place a credit freeze on accounts of their children, the elderly or other people under another's care.

"That's what we're trying to do with this bill, is to protect our children's identity, or someone who is incapacitated or an elderly person, to keep someone who's not able to protect their ID, who doesn't have a credit card, who's not regularly checking their credit card statement or what's happening with thier bank account to be able to protect thier ID," said Lexington County Senator Katrina Shealy.

Shealy says the bill has nothing to do with the recent hacking at the state Department of Revenue.

She says the bill could prevent families from having to deal with the fallout of a stolen identity they don't find out about until years after it already occurred.

Asenate subcommitte put the bill on hold until they could get some answers on actions being taken by another committe.

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