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Texas Silver-Haired Legislature grants region extra seats

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

To help fill the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) with active and committed representatives who are 60 or older, the organization expanded the number of representatives for the counties in the CAPCOG region from five to eight.

“Having extra positions from across the region provides higher visibility to older adult issues that we are facing regionally and statewide,” said Patty Bordie, CAPCOG Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP) director. “These new positions aren’t just for our region; they are really at-large positions with the expectation that you represent seniors throughout the state.”

TSHL representatives volunteer to recommend legislative changes affecting older Texans before each state legislature. They work on broader community issues requiring members to share ideas, learn from example, and be persistent about promoting beneficial change. Before each State Legislative Session, the TSHL provides a platform to state legislators for consideration. Its members also testify on bills during the session.

AAACAP works with TSHL to find representatives willing to serve and has sought to fill these new positions with rural volunteers to help ensure issues are addressed by a diverse demographic.

> Learn more about AAACAP.
> Learn more about TSHL.

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