An initiative beginning in the state of Missouri over 30 years ago has expanded beyond the Missouri borders.
The Silver Haired Legislature is comprised of citizens age 60 or older who volunteer their time advocating on behalf of Missouriâ??s older adults. All legislators meet annually for a model legislative session at the state capitol. The legislators then debate and vote on their top five priority proposals. Once the five priorities are chosen, the legislators return to their districts to encourage support of those issues. We spoke with the Northeast Area Coordinator, Pam Windtberg, and she gave us a few of this year's legislature priorities.
â??To get additional funding for the meals program, home delivered meals and congregate meals are big issues. The Grandparent Rights of Guardianship are another issue and the Silver Alert, combining that with the Amber Alert,â?? says Windtberg.
The Silver Haired Legislature has advocated for state laws such as the deletion of sale tax on pharmaceuticals and the Circuit Breaker Law.