Silver Haired LegislatureThe Silver Haired Legislature, or SHL as it is often called, is a formally elected body of citizens 60 years of age and older that promote conscientious legislative advocacy for Missouri's older adults. All members are volunteers who serve without pay. Elections are held annually during the month of May at local area agencies on aging nutrition or senior centers. Senior citizens elect three senators and twelve representatives from each of the ten area agencies on aging for a total of 30 senators and 120 representatives. Following elections, the legislators meet to elect officers and begin to ascertain the needs of seniors in their districts. Bills and resolutions are then drawn up and prepared for presentation at the statewide conference in the fall.

The SHL meets for two days in the fall to conduct a model legislative session. At that time, members present, debate and vote on a pre-prepared docket of bills and resolutions that concern legislation, which affects the lives of not only the elderly but all Missouri citizens. From the docket, five bills having the highest priority are selected as the group’s main focus for the upcoming year.

SHL Delegates convene at the Capitol in Jefferson City each spring for a regular meeting of the Board of Directors as well as a chance to meet with legislators and discuss SHL’s past achievements and current priorities.

SHL Annual Session

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2019 Board of Directors

2019 Board of Directors

SHL delegates in the House of Representative Chambers in the MO State Capitol

SHL delegates in the House of Representative Chambers in the MO State Capitol

SHL Senators voting on one of their priorities in the Senate Chambers

SHL Senators voting on one of their priorities in the Senate Chambers

Senior Advocacy Day - March 12, 2019

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SHL Board of Directors giving their reports

SHL Board of Directors giving their reports

Chief of Senior Programs, Mike Brewer, discusses the recently released Missouri Senior Food Insecurity Report

Chief of Senior Programs, Mike Brewer, discusses the recently released Missouri Senior Food Insecurity Report

DHSS Legislative Liaison, Alex Tuttle, provides legislative updates to SHL Members on their Top Five Priorities

DHSS Legislative Liaison, Alex Tuttle, provides legislative updates to SHL Members on their Top Five Priorities

Upcoming Events

  • Board of Director’s Meeting – July 16, 2019
  • Annual Session – October 21-23, 2019 (TENTATIVE)

 

Contact your local Area Agency on Aging if you are interested in becoming a member of SHL