Delegates to the 2018 Arkansas Silver Haired Legislative Session have been selected for the Delta. Petitions were received by East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, and elections were held in a 12-county area. Counties having no participants will be represented by appointed alternates.
Delegates act as legislators in this non-partisan session by writing, debating and voting on bills addressing issues critical to older Arkansans in the session to be held at the State Capitol and Old State House Aug. 15-16.
The Silver Haired Legislative Session is a mock legislature of delegates 60 years of age and older that has convened every two years since 1978. The session is held with the permission of the Arkansas General Assembly and sponsored by the Department Human Services (DHS) Division of Aging, Adult and Behavioral Health, in partnership with the Arkansas Area Agencies on Aging.
The Silver Haired Legislature program provides an opportunity for senior Arkansans to learn more about the legislative process as effective advocates for all seniors. They bring issues and concerns pertinent to senior Arkansans to the attention of the General Assembly and public. Legislative issues presented will be considered in the law-making process of the state legislature.
Two days of training were required May 8-9 at the Agency. The Honorable Fran Cavenaugh and John Cooper participated. Delegates attending included Duane Dutka, Clay, Tom Baker, Craighead, Teresa Dallas, Cross, Olivia Lemmons, Greene, Sue Whitmire, Lawrence, Cecilia Baker, Lee, Daryl Johnson, Mississippi, Leroy Williams, Phillips, Winnie Johnson, Poinsett, Kathryn Dust, Randolph, Dorothy Varvil, St. Francis and appointees Mike Dunn, B.T. Ford, Jr. and Tobey Johnson.
For more information, contact Debi Hottel, 870-930-2202.