|Nancy Byler, TSHL Speaker, convened sixty members of The Texas Silver-Haired Legislature in Austin Nov.1-4 for the 16th Training Session in preparation for the Texas Legislature in January of 2017. Members were instructed by other Legislators regarding a variety of topics; including reviewing successful resolutions, technical aspects of resolution development and writing successful resolutions.|
The State of Texas House of Representatives Parliamentarian, Chris Griesel instructed the body on the “Responsibilities and Duties of An Effective TSHL Member.” Additionally, Kirk Overbey, a professional registered parliamentarian, presented an informative session on conducting business within the confines of Roberts Rules of Order.
Former State Representative Vicki Truitt shared the wisdom of 14 years of experience in the Texas Legislature by teaching the members of The Texas Silver-Haired Legislature about how to approach and communicate with their own Senators and Representatives. Rep. Truitt touched on topics regarding best times for approaching the lawmakers, how to deal with staff, and do’s and don’ts regarding the exchange of information with our elected officials.
One of the highlights of the Training Session was a “Mock” Town Hall Meeting, simulating meetings that TSHL members will be conducting throughout Texas in the next several months. The members themselves brainstormed legislative issues and prioritized these to present to the entire group. The top priority from each table was articulated by a “reporter” and these ideas were evaluated by Jon Weizenbaum, Commissioner of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS).
The end result of this training session will be a group of resolutions that will be debated by The Texas Silver-Haired Legislature in its Legislative Session in April of 2016. The resulting approved resolutions will be published in a bound report and delivered to each of the State Lawmakers, the Governor, the Area Agency on Aging offices, and many other stakeholders throughout the State.
You are invited to submit your concerns about aging issues or questions about TSHL. Questions will be answered by a TSHL member.
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