Lege Session with Top 10 Resolutions

The Texas Silver-Haired Legislature completed the Legislative Session in record time, especially since it was a virtual session rather than an in-person session. Many committee meetings were held virtually beginning in April. The LAC session followed, also virtual, and three days of virtual floor debate followed resulting in the Top Ten resolutions being determined by the use of an electronic voting system called Survey Monkey brought to the membership by The Honorable Pat Gleason-Wynn. Over 70 resolutions were initially proposed by TSHL Members. After review and committee votes, 60 were presented to the entire TSHL body for discussion/debate and vote, resulting in 54 resolutions being approved and published in the TSHL Legislative Report going to our elected officials in Austin. Of these, the Top Ten priorities were::

18th Texas Silver-Haired Legislature’s
Adopted July 29, 2020

  1. Support Evidence-Based Testing of Cannabis and Allow Licensed Physicians to Legally Prescribe Medical Cannabis
  2. Preserve or Increase Funding for Home-Delivered Meals
  3. Increase Medicaid Reimbursement to Improve the Quality of Texas Nursing Home Care
  4. Increase Access to Healthcare for Seniors Via Telemedicine
  5. Prevent Financial Abuse of Older Adult Citizens
  6. Grant Full Practice Authority for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs)
  7. Offer the Citizens of Texas the Opportunity to Vote on the Expansion of Medicaid
  8. Strengthen Public Policy and Initiatives to Expand Rural Broadband Infrastructure in Texas
  9. Increase the Personal Needs Allowance for Medicaid Residents in Nursing Homes
  10. Enhance Criminal Degree and Fines for Those Who Perpetrate Internet Fraud Against Seniors

A TSHL Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for October 15, previously to be in Lubbock, will be virtual beginning at 2:00 PM. A link will be made available for all members to use to participate in this meeting as desired. Only EC members may vote, but all members are encouraged to attend.

TSHL Goals

  • Promote Good Government: Motivate, engage and educate older Texans in the legislative process
  • Encourage voice: Inform and educate older Texans to become viable political voices and forces
  • Provide Opportunity: Offer the avenue for older Texans to serve as a resource to public and private sectors on aging issues and concerns
  • Model Legislative Forum: Develop a non-partisan forum for discussion, debate and prioritization of issues facing aging Texans
  • Develop Advocates: Educate the Texas Silver-Haired Legislators to advocate for adoption of aging resolutions submitted to the Texas Legislature

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