Texas Silver-Haired Legislators Set Agendas

Speaker Walter Graham conveyed the 16th TSHL Legislative session in the chambers of the Texas House of Representative April 3-7. During their five-day session, members participated in committee hearings and sometimes-lively debate on many diverse topics that affect Texas senior citizens. During the final day of the gathering, members reviewed and ranked their 70 adopted Resolutions in order of the urgency of our State Legislature to change, repeal or adjust laws that affect the lives of senior Texans.

The Top Ten Resolutions

R#     16th TSHL Priority Resolutions Rank
R11
Increase the personal needs allowance for Medicaid residents in nursing homes
    1

R69

Increase funding for Home-Delivered Meals

    2
R05
Revise “Silver Alert” to improve efforts to rescue disoriented lost seniors
    3
R14
Provide dental benefits for Title XIX and other seniors at or below 200% of poverty guidelines
    4
R46
Establish full-practice authority for advanced Practice Registered Nurses
    5

R38

Increase Medicaid reimbursement for nursing homes

    6

R44

Establish a Grandparent Protection and support Act

    7

R21

Ban use of hand-held cell phones for texting while driving

    8
R33
Redistricting reform using an independent nonpartisan commission
    9
R49
Allow authorized physicians to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes.
    10

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Dates to Remember

March 9, 2016 – Deadline for filing Resolutions, Al Campbell contact
April 4-8, 2016 – 16th TSHL Legislative Session, State Capitol
April 5, 2016 – TSHL Foundation meeting, Austin, Walter Graham contact
Oct 22, 2016 – TSHL Foundation meeting, Austin, Walter Graham contact