Local man attends Silver Haired Legislature

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Cassville man was among several representatives of the Silver Haired Legislature to attend a recent meeting in Jefferson City.

James Purviance, representing seniors in the Cassville area, attended the 2011 session of the Missouri General Assembly to assist in presenting the top five priority bills for senior citizens.

Delegates debated and voted on 18 separate proposals during the two-day session that took place at the Capital Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Jefferson City, as well as both the House and Senate chambers at the State Capitol.

Silver Haired Legislators were honored to have Governor Jeremiah "Jay" Nixon address them during their visit to the House Chamber.

Purviance and Richard Meyerkord, of Stone County, represented those from House District #4.

Others attending the two-day session included: Linda Sue White, Central Senatorial District; Pat Fletcher, East Senatorial District; John Ogle, West Senatorial District; Linda Gliedt, Earl Eversole, Eric Naegler and Louise Lathrop, House District #1; Dale Johnson, House District #2; Charles Ealy, House District #4; Chuck Wooten and Irene Hamby, House District #5; Ida Mae Huse, House District #6; and Jo Walker, House District #7.

Delegates voted on their top five priority bills at the end of the session. They were: the increase and restoration of funding for the AAA Meals Program; support for the operation of the Silver Alert System for endangered adults; raise the asset level for Missouri HealthNet (Medicaid) beneficiaries to $2,000 per individual and $3,000 for married persons; support for increased regulations on pay day loans; and support for criminal background checks for long-term care workers.

Those bills will be presented to the Missouri General Assembly, scheduled to convene in mid-January 2012.

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