Silver Haired Legislature sets priorities for 2018 session

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Senior citizens focus on program development, tax limits

Priorities for the coming session of the Missouri General Assembly for senior citizens have been determined by the 44th annual conference of the Silver Haired Legislature.

The Silver Haired Legislature met Oct. 16 to 18 in Jefferson City. The 114 delegates held spirited debates and chose their five top priorities for 2018. Those included, in order:

• Growth and development of services for senior citizens

• Revision of the MoRx program

• Increased funding for home-delivered meals provided by Area Agencies on Aging

• Maintaining the “circuit breaker” property tax credit for renters and homeowners at the 2016 level

• Approval of medical marijuana use in Missouri

Richard Meyerkord represented Barry and Lawrence counties at the session. Meyerkord has offered details on the session for anyone contacting him at 417-739-4765 or by email at meyerkord1937@gmail.com.

Missouri’s Silver Haired Legislature, founded in 1973, is composed of 15 volunteers from each of the 10 statewide Area Agencies on Aging.

The Missouri General Assembly will convene on Jan. 3, 2018.

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