The Silver-Haired Legislature (SHL) is a group of citizens 60 years of age and older who have been formally elected to promote the legislative interests of Missouri's older adults.
Members of the MARC Silver-Haired Legislature delegation meet to identify the needs and interests of seniors in their districts. Bills and resolutions are then created to be introduced at the statewide conference in the fall.
The entire SHL meets for three days in the fall to conduct a model legislative session. The members present, debate and vote on a prepared docket of bills and resolutions that affect the lives of all Missouri citizens. From the docket, five bills having the highest priority are selected as the group's main focus in the Missouri General Assembly for the upcoming year.
Last fall, SHL delegates came together for their 43rd
Annual Conference and chose the following issues as their top five priorities to support for the 2017 legislative session:
- Support the Senior Services Growth and Development Fund.
- Increase funding for the home-delivered and congregate meals provided by Area Agencies on Aging.
- Expand MO HealthNet (Medicaid).
- Provide financial assistance to seniors for medically necessary hearing aid devices, vision services and dental care through MO HealthNet (Medicaid).
- Reauthorize funding for MoRx Program.
Annual elections are held in May at MARC's senior centers
to elect three senators and 12 representatives.
Jackson County Silver-Haired Legislators are elected in even-numbered years. The other counties are elected in odd-numbered years.
To contact your Silver-Haired Legislator, please contact us or call 816/474-4240 and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate senator or representative.
Who can participate in the Silver-Haired Legislature?
To participate as a senator or representative, you must be 60 years or older and have been a resident of the area you want to represent for at least six months.
If you want to participate in the election process as a voter, you must be 60 years or older and a resident of the jurisdiction in which you wish to vote.