Past Resolutions and Results of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature

12th TSHL Session: Summary of Resolutions

The 12th TSHL passed a total of 74 resolutions during the Legislative Session of September 8-11, 2008 in the State House Chambers at the Texas State Capitol. The resolutions that follow ask the 81st Texas Legislature for specific actions to benefit older Texans.


81st Final Chart
All 74 resolutions - 12th TSHL session
Top 10 resolutions - 12th TSHL session
Resolutions by committee - 12th TSHL session

11th TSHL Session: Summary of Resolutions

The 11th TSHL passed a total of 68 resolutions during the Legislative Session, conducted in the House Chambers, State Capitol, September 11-15, 2006. The following chart is a listing of the resolutions with a direct impact on older Texans, identified by number, title and resolve statement requesting specific action of the 80th Texas Legislature. The top-ten priorities are prioritized in first order. At the end of the listing is a chart of actions by the 80th Texas Legislature.


Number Title and Resolve Statement Rank
  Permanently Set the Personal Needs Allowance at a Minimum of $60.00 Per Month 
1 Include Senior Citizens in the Recently Enacted Property Tax Reduction and any future Legislation that reduces Property Taxes
13 Cap Annual Property Valuation Increases at 5%
59 Establish a State Supported Stem Cell Research Program Similar to that Established by the State of California
44 Regulate the business activities of Pharmacy Benefit Managers
37 Oppose School Vouchers or similar program.
66 Require Education/Training and Periodic Re-certification of Medical and Health Care Professionals in Geriatric Medicine and Issues of Aging.
39 State Health Insurance Benefits to all retired and active school employees
22 Support for Annuity increase for Texas Education Retirees
55 Establish criminal background checks and registry for Health Care Professionals and Attendants
4 State to Adopt "Silver Alert" Notification network to Rescue Seniors.
10 
0 Establish a State Supported Stem Cell Research Program Similar to that Established by the State of California
 
1 Include Senior Citizens in the Recently Enacted Property Tax Reduction and any future Legislation that reduces Property Taxes
 
2 Education, including Pre-K, from the Vantage of Grandparents.
 
3 Study State Laws Governing End-of-Life Decisions.
 
4 State to Adopt "Silver Alert" Notification network to Rescue Seniors.
 
5 Appoint a committee to review the growing concerns about the health and welfare of inmates over the age of 60.
 
6 Provide information to Residents and Visitors of Facilities about convicted Sexual Predators who are residents.
 
7 Reform of Redistricting.
 
9 Fund and require TxDOT to increase Rural Transportation for Elderly Texans.
 
10 Enhance state and local emergency planning protocols between county and local emergency responders and 2-1-1 (AICs).
 
11 Mandate the availability of Kinship Program Services to grandparents and eliminate placing children Into Foster Care before they can become eligible for assistance.
 
12 Restrict the Change of Road Use to Toll Roads.
 
13 Cap Annual Property Valuation Increases at 5%.
 
14 Encourage more diverse power sources.
 
15 Allow state court judicial review of administrative decisions concerning Medicaid services.
 
16 Allow Property Owners To Execute “Transfer Upon Death” Deeds
 
17 Provide for reimbursement of expenses for Guardianship Certification Board.
 
18 Expand the Money Management Program as an Alternative to Guardianship.
 
19 To rquire that all coal-fired electric generating plants restrict pollutants emissions.
 
20 Support Greater Funding for Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities.
 
21 Define Private Professional Guardianship to Include Corporate Fiduciary and Attorney.
 
22 Support for Annuity increase for Texas Education Retirees
 
23 Require that all physicians, physician's assistants, licensed nurses, and social workers in Texas be required to have at least three (3) hours of Continuing Education Credit in geriatric health care as part of professional development.
 
24 Nursing Homes and Assisted Living facilities to provide wrist or ankle bracelets.
 
25 Ensure Texans have access to basic local telephone service.
 
26 Ensure a dedicated funding stream from the State to local Guardianship Programs
 
27 Bar Hiring Personal Care Attendants with Criminal Records.
 
28 To promote the formation of state-county-private partnerships to provide home meal delivery to senior citizens
 
29 Put To A Vote of the People the establishment of Casinos
 
30 Privately Owned Pay Phone Costs
 
31 Authorize and fund "Grandparents as Caregivers Program."
 
32 Mandatory On-the-record Votes by Texas Lawmakers.
 
33 Voter Referendum to authorize a state Income Tax in Texas.
 
34 Area Agencies on Aging Identified as Access to all Long Term Care Aging Services.
 
36 Ensure Future Fresh Water Availability.
 
37 Oppose School Vouchers or similar program.
 
38 Require Dementia Training, monitoring, and certification for health care workers.
 
39 State Health Insurance Benefits to all retired and active school employees
 
40 Guardianship Certification Board to Obtain Criminal History Information.
 
41 Require seat belts on busses.
 
42 Require insurance firms to report canceled or expired liability auto insurance.
 
43 Reform Homeowners Insurance.
 
44 Regulate the business activities of Pharmacy Benefit Managers
 
46 Restrict the Transportation of Water.
 
47 Re-regulate and restrict the Utility Companies to a maximum of 15% profit and require cost of fuel to be shown on electric bills.
 
48 Reconsider Advanced Directive Act.
 
49 Increase funding for Senior Corps Programs.
 
50 Feasability study of multi-use Community Centers as Points of Pride (T-POP).
 
51 Protection of Long Term Residents' Lakeside Property.
 
52 Funding and support for transportation needs and public awareness education.
 
53 Require a minimum of ten clock hours training for Home Care Attendants.
 
54 Implement Medicaid payments for dental services.
 
55 Establish criminal background checks and registry for Health Care Professionals and Attendants
 
56 Telemedicine/Telehealth Expansion.
 
57 Expand the Medicaid Program to include payments for Medicaid qualified persons residing in assisted living facilities.
 
58 Restore, protect and use the utility safety net fund as originally intended
 
59 Establish a State Supported Stem Cell Research Program Similar to that Established by the State of California
 
60 Expand the "Money Follows the Person" Policy
 
61 Require review of disaster plans by Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.
 
62 Require senior citizen membership on transportation advisory committees and councils
 
63 Establish the Texas State Family Caregiver Support Program
 
64 Increase Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Budget
 
65 Establish a NonPartisan, Community-Based, Statewide Task Force on Public Education.
 
66 Require Education/Training and Periodic Recertification of Medical and Health Care Professionals in Geriatric Medicine and Issues of Aging.
 
68 Study, review, comment and make public the history of the home equity loans in Texas.
 

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10th TSHL Session: Summary of Direct Resolutions

The 10th TSHL passed a total of 43 DR resolutions during the Legislative Session, conducted in the House Chambers, State Capitol, September 13-17, 2004. The following chart is a listing of the DR resolutions with a direct impact on older Texans, identified by number, title and resolve statement requesting specific action of the 79th Texas Legislature. The top-ten priorities are prioritized in first order.

Number Title and Resolve Statement Rank
DR7 Personal Needs Allowance. That the 79th Texas Legislature reinstate the personal needs allowance of $60.00 (Sixty dollars) and be a budget priority in the 79th Legislative Session. 1
DR18 Geriatric Training for Medical Professionals. That the 79th Texas Legislature enact a requirement for geriatric training in all medical schools receiving Federal and State funding. 2
DR14 Property Evaluations by Appraisal Districts. That the 79th Texas Legislature enact Legislation to restrict the 10% allowable of appraisal value be reduced to a 3% cap thus allowing revenue beyond the 3% cap to have approval of local voters and an oversight appraisal board of 5 elected officials to be accountable to taxpayers as approved by local voters. 3
DR43 Bed Tax on Nursing Facility Residents. That the 79th Texas Legislature oppose a bed tax on nursing facilities residents in Texas. 4
DR31 Expand Area Agencies on Aging Access System. That the 79th Texas Legislature amend HB 2292, 78th Legislature, to expand the infrastructure of the existing 28 Area Agencies on Aging to be inclusive of persons with disabilities and identify the 28 Area Agencies on Aging of Texas as the access and assistance entry point for long-term care services within the Department of Aging and Disability Services. 5
DR24 Registration of Assisted Living Facilities in Texas. That the 79th Texas Legislature require all Assisted Living facilities in operation in the State of Texas that accept monetary compensation for food, shelter and assistance with personal care needs for under four (4) residents, unrelated to the proprietor, be required to self-identify as such by registering every two (2) years with the State of Texas for a fee of fifty ($50.00) dollars, and be subject to inspection and monitoring by the State to protect the rights and safety of the residents. The Department, or any duly appointed board or committee, may establish by rule the administration of the above process, and is to be effective upon becoming law. 6
DR15 Permit Seniors on Medicare to buy 3 Prescriptions per month at Medicaid prices. That the 79th Texas Legislature enact legislation to permit the seniors on Medicare, without drug coverage, be able to buy three prescriptions per month at the same prices that the state pays for prescriptions on their Medicaid program. 7
DR35 Retain State Unit on Aging. That the 79th Texas Legislature maintain the identity of the state unit on aging as the viable and visible state advocate for older Texans and preserve the functions within the state unit which have been of vital interest to Texas Legislatures since 1957.v 8
DR2 Penalties for Abusing or Neglecting the Elderly. That the 79th Texas Legislature again attempt similar legislation (passed in the 78th Legislature), address abuse and neglect penalties in a separate bill which applies only to the elderly, in order to more likely avoid a veto of the bill for flawed language. 9
DR9 Reform Homeowners Insurance. That the 79th Texas Legislature enact legislation to strengthen statutory penalties for insurance companies that overcharge their policyholders; require periodic review of insurance rate to determine if they are unjustified or excessive and if rate reductions are in order; pass an industry-wide cap limiting the effect of credit scoring on homeowners and personal automobile insurance rates at no more than 10%; enact legislation that would prevent stigmatization of real property and individuals when an insurance claim is filed; require disclosure in layman's terms of actual coverage being offered; prohibit carriers from inserting "right-of-rescission" clauses, except for non-payment of premiums. 10
DR1 Ensure Prompt Reporting Nursing Home Injuries and Deaths. That the 79th Texas Legislature require an additional way for observers to report wrongful or negligent acts causing injuries or death to nursing home residents, and that this means of reporting be well publicized and convenient with an option for a caller to remain anonymous, such as a toll-free number for reports to be routed through an area agency on aging office.  
DR3 Penalties for Fraud and Abuse. That the 79th Texas Legislature enact legislation that increases the penalties for fraud and that those persons or organizations that prey on seniors by means of fraud will be charged double that penalty. If found guilty, perpetrators will not be permitted to retain any state licenses related to the fraud.  
DR4 Require Training in Aging Issues for Health Care Professionals. That the 79th Texas Legislature require as a condition of certification or re-certification of health care professionals, training in issues related to the aging.  
DR5 Educating Seniors on Homeland Security Issues. That the 79th Texas Legislature provide a means to obtain funds to establish programs to educate the 3 million seniors in Texas on Homeland Security issues that affect their well being and in some cases, get them involved in the community.  
DR6 Require Home-equity Lenders to Report Adverse Effects on Elderly Homeowners. That the 79th Texas Legislature authorizes the Attorney General to require home-equity lenders to report instances of adverse effects of such loans upon elderly homeowners.  
DR8 Information Guides for Families of the Incarcerated. That the 79th Texas Legislature enact legislation to require local law enforcement and other appropriate local agencies to make this information available to families of the incarcerated.  
DR10 Prevention of Abuse to Elder Texans. That the 79th Texas Legislature enact legislation requiring elder abuse awareness programs be incorporated into the continuing education programs and training of geriatric professionals and others licenses to provide health care, and that certificates of completion of such training be awarded those who successfully complete such training.  
DR11 Establish the Practice of Denturism in Texas. That 79th Texas Legislature change the Texas Dental Code to allow for the practice of Denturism.  
DR12 Larger Type in Contracts and Printed Advertisement. That the 79th Texas Legislature enact legislation to require that all printed advertisements, displays, publications, mailers, handouts, costs, contracts for items and services for wireless telephones, financial institutions, automotive contracts and warranties, insurance policies, cable and satellite television, and including all contracts and advertisements now issuing illegible print without magnification shall be printed in no smaller than eight point print, Times New Roman or Arial font, or other font that is easily read.  
DR13 Natural Burial Cemeteries. That the 79th Texas Legislature enact laws that allow green cemeteries to be established and maintained by non-profit entities dedicated to the following: 1. Promoting "natural burial" to allow the return of bodies, including cremations, to be earth quickly and naturally; 2. Protecting the environment and preserving natural habitat; and 3. Joint use of cemetery land for nature trails and non-invasive recreation.  
DR16 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. That the 79th Texas Legislature enact legislation to provide improved carefully tailored financial and social supports for grandparents raising minor children in Texas.  
DR17 Vehicle Inspection Stickers. That the 79th Texas Legislature enact legislation to give relief to Seniors by agreeing that Seniors over 65 years of age pay only 80% of the state-mandated cost for vehicle inspection sticker fees.  
DR19 Nursing Home Staffing. That the 79th Texas Legislature implement contract provisions for all nursing facilities collecting Medicaid payments in the State of Texas to maintain minimum staffing ratios necessary for adequate care including at least one nurse aid for each eight (8) residents during day and evening shifts, and at least one nurse aid for each twelve (12) residents during the night shift.  
DR20 Money Management, an alternative to Guardianship. That the 79th Texas Legislature expand the existing money management program as an alternative to guardianships; provide additional state funding for existing money management programs; encourage the growth of statewide money management programs with those features and safeguards relating to volunteers, clients, training, oversight, supervision; require an advisory council incorporated as a Texas nonprofit corporation and recognition by the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501 (c)(3) IRS Code.  
DR21 Cost of living adjustment for retired public and higher education employees. That the 79th Texas Legislature contribute eight (8) percent each fiscal year, as passed in 1989, in order to insure that retired public and higher education employees receive a cost of living increase.  
DR22 Solvency of Texas Teacher Retirement and Health Care Benefits. That the 79th Texas Legislature analyze the impact of retirees on the Teacher Retirement System who immediately return to full time employment without further contribution in to the system and adjust state contributory rates in conjunction with the CPI.  
DR23 DADS to comment on EMS plans for coastal counties. That the 79th Texas Legislature authorize the Department of Aging and Disability Services to review and comment on the EMS plans for the coastal counties of the State of Texas to assure that the evacuation plans and procedures and the emergency shelter provisions for the elderly and disabled of such counties are adequate to assure that the health and welfare of these vulnerable populations in the event of any and all natural and man-made disasters be properly protected as well as their life and well-being.  
DR25 Safeguard elderly citizen's right of self-determination. That the 79th Texas Legislature enact appropriate legislation to correct Adult Protective Services deficiencies in responding to abuse and neglect of elderly citizens, but that any such legislation clearly articulate the extreme importance of safeguarding each elderly citizen's right to personal freedom and self-determination, and include the requirement that other selected senior citizens be consulted when assessments of competency are made for elderly citizens suffering from self-neglect.  
DR27 Maximum hot water heating settings in health care facilities. That the 79th Texas Legislature enact legislation that all licensed facilities for the care, housing or treatment of seniors be required to place a monitoring device allowing no higher than 120° F settings on hot water heaters installed in, including but not limited to skilled care, assisted living, rehab facilities, adult day care centers and any other such treatment centers and/or other housing of Texas Seniors. Such facilities found to be in violation of hot water temperature control shall face severe penalties set by Texas State Health and Safety Code.  
DR28 Ethics committee in nursing homes. That the 79th Texas Legislature pass legislation to require all licensed nursing facilities in Texas to have an Ethics Committee comprised of at least five members including a physician, registered nurse, social worker, ethicist and/or minister/priest/rabbi and that this committee's members may be nursing facility staff members or consultants, with at last one member from the community, and several nursing facilities in the same area may develop and share an Ethics Committee and membership for convenience; said committee's purpose being not to make decisions related to individual resident care but to educate and inform residents, significant others, and staff members about biomedical ethical issues so that they can make informed decisions.  
DR29 Remove guardianship duties from Adult Protective Services. That the 79th Texas Legislature remove all guardianship duties and funding including the current APS guardianship program, from TDFPS, and require that the distribution of the guardianship funding and any continued operation of the APS guardianship program under HHSC or under the supervision of another state agency be conducted with the advice of HHSC and the Guardianship Advisory Board in order to better coordinate the State's role in the provision of guardianship services with the services currently provided by local guardianship programs.  
DR30 Prescription benefit managers. That the 79th Texas Legislature adopt legislation which would properly authorize the Texas State Board of Insurance and the Texas State Board of Pharmacy to regulate the PBMs which do business within the State of Texas to ensure transparency and patient choice.  
DR32 Breast cancer screening for senior women. That the 79th Texas Legislature pass a bill urging (1) the National Cancer Institute to adequately design and conduct studies to determine the benefit of screening senior women through mammography and other emerging technologies; (2) further, to request the National Cancer Institute issue a statement of scientific fact on the merits of breast cancer screening for senior women; and (3) lastly, that the National Cancer Institute reissue guidelines for mammography examination of senior women or direct the public consider guidelines issued by other organizations.  
DR33 Medicaid benefit for assisted living. That the 79th Texas Legislature require the appropriate agency to apply for a Medicaid waiver to spend Medicaid dollars for assisted living and not just for nursing homes.  
DR34 County senior citizens advisor. That the 79th Texas Legislature allow the creation of the office of County Senior Citizens Advisor.  
DR36 Report deaths to county or local coroner. That the 79th Texas Legislature enact legislation to require that all nursing home deaths be reported immediately to the appropriate coroner; and that in all cases of death of an individual, who was a resident of a long-term care facility, within five (5) days of entering the hospital, the hospital shall immediately report the death to the appropriate coroner.  
DR37 Protect nursing home residents from eviction or exploitation. That the 79th Texas Legislature pass legislation that will better protect nursing home residents from eviction and other exploitation by their legal representatives.  
DR38 Adequate funding for Adult Protective Services. That the 79th Texas Legislature allocate sufficient budgetary funds to the operation and administration of Texas Adult Protective Services in order for the agency to meet acceptable standards of operation as well as its obligations under the law.  
DR39 Home equity lending and reverse mortgage counseling for senior homeowners. That the 79th Texas Legislature repudiate predatory lending practices and support legislation which can prevent obvious injustice by requiring a pre-lending counseling component by a non-interested third party, such as the benefits counselors currently established by the 28 Area Agencies on Aging of Texas.  
DR40 High premiums of automobile insurance. That the 79th Texas Legislature pass insurance reform to bring affordability and reliability back to the Texas Insurance Industry by mandating 100% rate regulation, rate rollbacks to the established benchmark rate, ban credit scoring, implement penalties for late payment of claims and require insurance companies to offer comprehensive policies and grant seniors 60 years and older a 20% discount over and above discounts already offered.  
DR41 Restrict transportation of water. That the 79th Texas Legislature take all necessary measures to control the pumping and transportation of water from wells in the underground Aquifers where the well is located; authorize water districts to establish a permit system to control movement of water across county lines.  
DR42 Expansion of Advocacy to residents of assisted living facilities. That the 79th Texas Legislature provide advocacy to residents in licensed and unlicensed living facilities by supporting an exceptional budget item submitted by the state unit on aging of DADS for the statewide expansion of the assisted living pilots.  
 

TSHL Direct Resolutions(DR) have a direct impact on older Texans. From a totalof 54 DR resolutions considered, 40 passed during the9th TSHL Session. TSHL Support Resolutions (SR) have an indirect or supported impacton older Texans. TSHL considered 18 SR resolutions andpassed 17.

Seven of the 40 DR resolutions requested an increaseor new funding for various programs or issues relatingto state services. Five of the funding request resolutionsreceived $0 state appropriations and two were reduced.The almost $10 billion budget shortfall was a majorproblem facing the 78th Regular Session and cuts weremade in all categories, including services. Five billswere filed of interest in the SR category and 3 weresigned by the Governor. Thirty bills were filed in theDR category and 13 were signed by the Governor.

Bills Filed
Unduplicated

9
 90%

21
67%
30
75%
2
20%
3
43%
5
29%
35
61%
No bill filed
1
10%
9
33%
10
25%
8
80%
4
57%
12
71%
22
39%
Signed by
Governor
5
56%
8
38%
13
43%
2
100%
1
33%
3
60%
16
46%
Pending in
Committee
1
11%
3
15%
4
13%
 
1
33%
1
20%
5
14%
Pending in
Calendars
 
2
10%
2
7%
 
 
 
2
6%
No-action
or killed
3
33%
8
45%
11
37%
 
1
33%
1
20%
12
34%
The table above is a summary of DR and SR results during the 78th Regular Session.

9th TSHL Session: Summary of Direct Resolutions

The 9th TSHL adopted a total of 40 DRresolutions during the Legislative Session, conductedin the House Chambers, State Capital, September 16-20,2002. Fifty-four (54) DR resolutions were considered.The following chart is a listing of the top 15 DR resolutionswith a direct impact on older Texans, identified bynumber, its resolve clause and in order of priorityranking.

Number
Resolve Clause
Rank
DR-20
Freeze Property Taxes on Senior Homesteads
To freeze all taxes on homesteads of seniors 65 years or older by amending Ch 11.26, paragraph (a), Title 1, the Property Tax Code by replacing "school district" with a new phrase "all taxing entities" and insert any additional paragraph(s) or sentences(s) needed to implement this change.
1
DR-38
Preserve Texas Department on Aging as a separate State Agency focused on Aging
To preserve Texas Department on Aging as the visible, single State Unit on Aging through the year 2013 to ensure planning and advocacy for all older Texans regardless of income, social and or functional need, as well as to prepare for the tremendous impact of the aging of the baby boomers within the state of Texas by 2020. (Unless existing law is changed, TDoA will cease to exist as an independent state agency focused only on needs of seniors.)
2
DR-42
Address High Cost of Homeowners Insurance
To pass insurance reform legislation to bring affordability for home owners' insurance and reliability back to the Texas insurance industry by mandating 100% rate regulation, rate rollbacks for homeowners back to the established benchmark rate, ban credit scoring, implement penalties for late payments of claims and require insurance companies offer comprehensive policies.
3
DR-28
Have State Require Affordable Drug Prices
To enact legislation to permit the seniors with little or no prescription coverage to buy their prescription drugs at the same price as the state pays on their Medicaid program.
4
DR-24
Support and Fund the Texas Information & Referral Network (211)
To support and fund the Texas Information and Referral Network and their 25 designated Area Information Centers in order to fully implement the 2-1-1 universal telephone number to access community health and human service information, 24 hours per day, seven days a week. (The 2-1-1 system is being implemented to assist seniors and others to know where to go for help they might need.)
5
DR-41
Address High Premiums of Auto Insurance
To pass insurance reform legislation to bring affordability of auto insurance and reliability back to the Texas insurance industry by mandating 100% rate regulation, rate rollbacks to the established benchmark rate, ban credit scoring, implement prompt pay penalties, require insurance companies offer comprehensive policies and grant seniors 60 years and older a 20% discount over and above discounts already offered.
6
DR-5
Require Geriatric Training in All Medical Schools
Require geriatric training in all medical schools receiving Federal and State funding and to establish a geriatric education and training academy
7
DR-45
Limit Lawsuit Awards Against Long Term Care Facilities
To protect access to quality long term care facilities in Texas by establishing laws providing $250,000 non-economic damage cap on jury verdicts against providers; require the felonious conduct exception to exemplary damages to be a proven felony in a criminal court of law; reduce exemplary damages to a cap of $250,000 plus two times economic damages; limit contingency fees that personal injury lawyers may collect, setting up a sliding scale for fees according to the amount of recovery, judgment or settlement.
8
DR-3
Cover Four Prescriptions, not Three for Medicaid patients
To give Medicaid recipients over the age of 65 a minimum of 4 prescriptions per month (an increase to 4 from the current 3).
9
DR-1
Increase Penalties for Identity Theft
Increase penalties for the #1 fraud complaint, "identity theft" - to deter white-collar criminals from taking advantage of all Texans, especially senior Texans.
10
DR-2
Prevention of Abuse and Exploitation of Seniors
To protect elderly from abuse & exploitation and reinstate provisions deleted from HB 1883 in 77th session and further impose penalties on those who abuse and exploit senior Texans.
11
DR-7
Require more Notification prior to Repossession of Senior's Home
To prevent homeowners' associations, mortgage and financial institutions from foreclosing on homeowners over the age of 60 without first notifying the homeowner and the governmental agency that assists seniors, such as the area agencies on aging.
12
DR-4
Increase Medicaid Personal Needs Allowance to $75 per Month
To raise the personal needs allowance for Medicaid residents in nursing homes to $75.00 per month to offset the rising cost of these items.
13
DR-16
Urge Repeal the SS Government Pension Offset
To ask the Texas Legislature to call for Congress to repeal the Government Pension Offset (to Social Security payments) enacted by Congress in 1977
14
DR-25
More Funding for Aging Services from increased Tobacco Taxes
To increase taxes on all tobacco products, with the revenue used to specifically provide added funding to match federal funds allocated to Texas for the Family Caregiver Support Program authorized under the Older Americans Act, and to increase aging services available through the 28 area agencies on aging.
15

Resolutions of the 8th session of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature

Number
Resolve Clause
Rank
R-9
To Assure the Continuation of the Texas Department on Aging
To assure the continuation of the Texas Department on Aging as the state’s visible and effective advocate for nearly 3 million older Texans.
– Human Services Committee –
1
R-20
To Implement a Statewide Network of Area Information Centers
To implement a statewide network of Area Information Centers and a 211 system to use to ensure timely help for those in need. This would act as a backup to the regular 911 system and be used for “help” lines to community services.
– Utilities and Natural Resources Committee –
2
R-2
To Oppose the Use of School Voucher Systems
Opposing the use of the school voucher systems, which could result in the loss of millions of dollars in revenue allotted for public schools.
– Education Committee –
3
R-52
To Raise the Personal Needs Allowance of Nursing Home Residents
A resolution to raise the personal needs allowance of nursing home residents from $45 per month to $60 per month.
– Human Services Committee –
4
R-14
To Call for the Repeal of the Government Pension Offset
To call for the repeal of the Government Pension Offset enacted by Congress in 1977, which would restore reduced Social Security benefits.
– Education Committee –
5
R-23
To Urge Laws and Strategy Be Changed To Make Sure That Future Texans Have Adequate And Affordable Water
A resolution to urge laws and strategy be changed to make sure that in the foreseeable future Texas citizens have adequate water at reasonable price.
– Utilities and Natural Resources Committee –
6
R-5
To Oppose the Expansion of Charter Schools
A resolution to oppose the expansion of Charter Schools, urging the Texas Legislature to keep in place the moratorium on the expansion of Charter Schools.
– Education Committee –
7
R-11
To Support the TdoA Exceptional Budget Item to Expand Advocacy to Residents in Assisted Living Facilities
To support an exceptional budget item submitted by the Texas Department on Aging to the Legislative Budget Board for the statewide expansion of the assisted living pilots to provide advocacy to residents in licensed and unlicensed facilities.
– Human Services Committee –
8
R-10
To Support the HHSC Exceptional Budget Item to Fund Access and Assistance Community Initiatives
Support the exceptional budget item submitted by Health and Human Services Commission to the Legislative Budget Board to fund the access and assistance community initiatives.
– Human Services Committee –
9
R-22
To Require Nursing Homes In The State Of Texas To Perform Criminal Background Checks On All Nursing Home Employees
A resolution to require nursing homes in the State of Texas to perform criminal background checks and mandatory drug testing on all nursing home employees.
– Criminal Justice Committee –
10

Resolutions of the 7th session of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature

Number
Resolve Clause
Rank
R-22
To Maintain the Current Structure of the 28 AAA’s
To maintain the current structure of the 28 Area Agencies on Aging in order to assure continued easy access to local services for seniors through a single local point of entry.
– Human Services Committee –
1
R-20
To Approve a Legislative Liaison as Commissioner on Aging
Recommend that a Commissioner on Aging be appointed to serve as a liaison between the Aging Network Agencies and the Governor’s office.
– State Affairs –
2
R-34
To Lower the Blood Alcohol Content from 0.10 to 0.08
Recommend lowering the blood alcohol content for adults from 0.10 to 0.08 and upgrade the laws and procedures relating to driving while intoxicated.
– Criminal Justice Committee –
3
R-3
To Increase the Personal Need Allowance for Nursing Home Residents
Recommend that the personal need allowance for nursing home resident be increased from #30.00 per month to $40.00 per month to offset the rising cost of personal items.
– Human Services Committee –
4
R-2
To Oppose the Use of School Voucher System
Recommend that the Texas Legislature oppose the use of school voucher system at this time.
– Education Committee –
5
R-11
To Require a Criminal Background Check Home Health Care
Recommend a criminal background check be required for all persons applying for employment as a Home Health Care Provider.
– Criminal Justice Committee –
6
R-17
To Prevent Unauthorized Telephone Billing
Request the 76th Texas Legislature to pass legislation prohibiting unauthorized telephone billing (often referred to as cramming and slamming).
– Utilities and Natural Resources Committee –
7
R-23
To Oppose the Deregulation of Retail Electric Power
Request the 76th Texas Legislature oppose the deregulation of retail sale of electric power.
– Utilities and Natural Resources Committee –
8
R-18
To Provide Protection for Texas Citizen Volunteers
Recommend that the 76th Texas Legislature enact a law to protect citizen volunteers reinforcing the current Good Samaritan Law.
– Retirement and Aging Committee –
9
R-4
To Request That All Hospitals and Care Facilities Be Licensed
Recommend that all hospitals, foster care homes, short-term and long-term care facilities be licensed under State and Federal statutes for the health and safety of their residents.
– Human Services Committee –
10

Resolutions of the 6th session of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature

Number
Resolve Clause
Rank
R-9
Expansion of the Options for Independent Living Program
That allows the elderly to remain out of more costly nursing homes, increase the present from 15 Area Agency on Aging districts to include all 28 Area Agency on Aging districts.
– Health and Human Resources Committee -
1
R-15
Restore Nursing Home Residents Right
Protect from abuse, physical, mental, and neglect of their health and personal care needs. Amend 2644, that this protection be restored to the Attorney Generals Office of The State of Texas.
– Criminal Justice Committee –
2
R-19
Preserve the Texas Homestead Act
That the Governor, the Attorney General and the Texas State Legislature preserve the present Homestead Act and prevent equity loans and/or reverse mortgages on the homesteads.
– Retirement and Aging Committee -
3
R-38
Support Home-Delivered and Congregate Meal Programs
Continue to provide nutritional program of home-delivered and congregate meals to senior citizens of Texas and of the USA under Title III of the Older Americans Act of 1965.
– Human Services Committee –
4
R-4
Increase Funding for Nursing Home Residents
Increase the personal need allowance for nursing home residents from $30.00 per month to $60.00 per month.
– Ways and Means Committee –
5
R-11
Enforce Zero Tolerance Regarding Long-Term Care Facility Deficiencies
Enforce the already-enacted laws and regulations plus a system of penalties designed to protect the vulnerable elderly from such inferior care and maintain a quality of life.
– Health and Human Services Committee –
6
R-30
Oppose the Deregulation of Retail Sales of Electric Power
The availability, dependability, and affordability of electrical power is necessary to maintain and improve our standard of living, and any deregulation of sales must benefit both the supplier and all consumers.
– Utilities and Natural Resources Committee –
7
R-14
Require Insurance Firms to Report Canceling or Expired Liability Auto Insurance to the Department of Public Safety
Protect policy holders from losses caused by uninsured motorists, and lower the cost of coverage.
– Insurance Committee –
8
(tie)
R-28
Help Lower Prescription Drug Costs
By requiring Medicare Supplement Policies to offer reasonably priced coverage of costs of medication with reasonable maximums, minimums on deductions.
– Retirement and Aging Committee –
9
(tie)
R-23
Support the Initiative and Referendum Process
Allow the people of Texas to participate directly in legislative initiatives. Submit this as a constitutional amendment.
– State Affairs –
10
R-6
Provide Technical Assistance and Funding for Guardianship Programs
To insure that a guardian is available for every Texan who needs one, and has no friends or family willing and available.
– State Affairs Committee –
11
R-3
Opposing the Use of School Vouchers in the State of Texas
Use of school vouchers could lead to the loss of billions of dollars to local public schools, and threaten its historic role as the foundation of our democratic system.
– Education Committee –
12
R-1
Allows Juries Full Information About a Defendant
That the restrictions on preventing an accused’s prior criminal convictions to a jury be removed.
– Criminal Justice Committee –
13
R-2
Require Prisoners to Pay Cost of Incarceration
Prisoners should be held responsible for their personal maintenance during incarceration instead of being held in a state idleness or leisure or even being entertained.
– Retirement and Aging Committee –
14
R-10
Expand Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) to Major Texas Cities
Financed by health care organization with resources to do so at lower cost to taxpayers.
– Health and Human Resources Committee –
15

Resolutions of the 5th session of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature

Number
Resolve Clause
Rank
R-1
Preserve the Present Texas Homestead Act
That the Governor, Attorney General and the Texas State Legislature preserve the present Homestead Act and prevent equity loans on the homestead.
– Retirement and Aging Committee –
1
R-8
Expand “Options for Independent Living” Programs
That increased funding be provided to the existing twelve (12) community-based “Options” programs, conducted by the Area Agencies on Aging and an expansion of the “Options” to the remaining sixteen (16) Area Agencies on Aging through the Medicaid waiver.
– Human Services Committee –
2
R-9
Support “Zero Tolerance” Discipline Policy for School
That a “Zero Tolerance” policy on school violence, weapons, drugs and foul language be adopted and that alternative settings for disruptive students be established.
– Education Committee –
3
R-15
Increase State Funding for TdoA and TDHS
That increased funding for the Texas Department on Aging and the Texas Department of Human Services be provided for community-based services and health care services for the elderly and disabled, to avoid unnecessary and premature institutionalization.
– Human Services Committee –
4
R-2
Increased Penalties for Fraud Against the Elderly
That appropriate measures be taken to prevent deceptive and fraudulent practices against the elderly by authorizing the Attorney General to levy an additional civil penalty of $10,000 and not more than $100,000 per violation.
– Criminal Justice Committee –
5
R-3
Criminal Background Check for School Employee Applicants
T hat a criminal background check of all persons applying for employment in Texas school systems be required and set forth in the laws of the State of Texas.
– Criminal Justice Committee –
6
R-6
Improve Quality of Nursing Home Care for Elderly Residents
That all health care education programs resulting in licensure or certification in Texas include mandatory studies in geriatric health care and that it be included in examinations.
– Health and Human Services Committee –
7
R-24
Protect Elderly Against Discrimination in Securing Driver Licenses
That elderly drivers not be deprived of their right to drive when renewing their license due to any proposed restrictions which are applicable only to elderly drivers.
– State Affairs Committee –
8
R-30
Establish Adequate Staffing Patterns for Texas Nursing Homes
That a minimum of one (1) certified aide to eight (8) residents on day shifts and one (1) certified aide to twelve (12) residents for a night shift in nursing home be established.
– Ways and Means Committee –
9
R-14
Medicaid Waiver to Ensure Independent Home Living for Elderly
That elderly persons receive health care in their own homes under alternative care programs via Medicaid waiver, rather than in nursing homes.
– Retirement and Aging Committee -
10
R-19
Establish an Office of Public Guardianship
That an Office of Public Guardianship be established to ensure that all persons receive appropriate service and that the office set minimum standards for a statewide system.
– State Affairs Committee –
11
R-16
Retain 7.31% Contribution to Teacher Retirement System
That the State Legislature retain the present State contribution to the Teacher Retirement System at 7.31% of pay, therefore allocating actuarial gains in ’95 and ’96 for benefit increases.
– Education Committee –
12
R-21
Increase Funds for Nursing Home Residents’ Personal Needs
That necessary funds be appropriated to increase the amount of income to be kept by the resident for personal care items be raised from $30.00 per month to $85.00 per month.
– Human Services Committee –
13
R-18
Require Limits on Medical Liability Insurance Claims
That an upper-limit cap of $250,000.00 be established on medical malpractice insurance claims for non-economic damages in order to reduce physicians malpractice insurance costs that ultimately are passed on to consumer patients.
– Insurance Committee –
14
R-20
Medicaid Waivers for Elderly In-Home Care Services
That health care reform measures be adopted to provide for Medicaid waivers for home care and all-inclusive preventative health services in order to reduce costs and maintain health of the elderly.
– Health and Human Services –
15

Resolutions of the 4th session of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature

Number
Resolve Clause
Rank
R-8
Initiate Cigarette Excise Tax to Fund TDoA Community Services for Elderly Persons
Related to a 2 cent per pack user fee on tobacco products to generate revenue that would increase State funding for TdoA’s elderly service programs from $2.35 per capita 60+ to $11.11 (average for Southwestern States) for the administration of Nutrition, STEP, RSVP, and Social Services, to include coordination through statewide Options Programs.
– Human Services Committee –
1
R-17
Expand TdoA Options ofr Independent Living Programs
Relating to the appropriations of State funds to continue the twelve Area Agency on Aging Options programs, at $150,000 per area, and to expand the program, at same estimated costs, to all the sixteen Area Agency on Aging areas not presently being served.
– Human Services Committee –
2
R-23
Protect the Elderly Against Discrimination in Securing Driver’s Licenses
Relating to the special consideration for elderly drivers when renewing licenses if they have successfully completed a Defensive Driving Course or has had no-fault accidents, or moving violations within three years as well as assurances that elderly person are not deprived of their rights to drive because of any proposed “restrictive” or “graded” licenses applicable only to elderly persons.
– State Affairs Committee –
3
R-20
Continue the Homestead Tax Exemption (up to $10,000) for Elderly Texans
Relating to the need to include a similar homestead exemption form ad valorem taxes currently imposed by County Education Districts (recently declared unconstitutional) in nay new constitutional amendments to be proposed in the next session of the Texas Legislature.
– Retirement and Aging Committee –
4
R-10
Increase Civil Penalties in Order to Deter Fraud Against the Elderly
Relating to the increase in civil penalties payable to the State by business and commercial enterprises that commit deceptive and fraudulent practices against elderly consumers.
– Criminal Justice Committee –
5
R-28
Combining All Aging Programs Under the Texas Department of Aging
Relating to a petition to the Commissioner of Health and Human Service, Department on Aging, and the Texas Legislature to bring all aging programs for the elderly, including the Medicaid program, under the administrative control of the Texas Department on Aging.
– Retirement and Aging Committee –
6
R-16
Support for an 8 Percent Contribution to the Texas Teachers Retirement System
Relating to a request to the 73rd Legislature to redeem its commitment in law to appropriate to the Teacher Retirement System, a sum reflective of 8 percent of the aggregate membership of the Teacher Retirement System.
– Education Committee –
7
R-15
Change Parole and Mandatory Release Procedures for Criminals Guilty of Violent Crimes
Relating to a resolve that the current “revolving-door” policies for parole and mandatory release of prisoners should not b applicable to criminals who have been found guilty of violent crimes against the elderly, young, or disabled citizens in the State of Texas.
- Criminal Justice Committee –
8
R-21
Strengthen Minimum Standards for Long Term Care Insurance Policies
Relating to changes in the insurance code that would guarantee policy renewability, eliminate hospital stay requirement, special conditions, standardized forms, and other changes. To be administered by the State Board of Insurance.
– Insurance Committee –
9
R-19
Affordable Prescription Drug Pricing
Relating to the need of elderly persons for relief from the high cost of prescription drugs by a law that would regulate costs.
– State Affairs Committee –
10

Resolutions of the 3rd session of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature

Resolve Clause
Rank
Care for Alzheimer’s Residents in Nursing Homes
Requests State Legislature to fund special add-on reimbursement rate for Alzheimer’s Disease residents in nursing homes by directing the Texas Department of Human Services to adjust the Texas Index for Level of Effort (TILE) to reflect behavioral needs of the cognitively-impaired patients in nursing homes.
1
Standardization of Medicare Insurance Supplemental Insurance Policies
Requests State Legislature to develop a Standardized Medicare Supplemental Insurance Policy with options to expand to a maximum coverage and would require the State Board of Insurance to administer the policy.
2
Recreation I
Requires that the “Bluebonnet” pass to Texas State Parks, issued free to senior citizens, be changed to include a 50% reduction in camping facility fees and services for all senior citizens.
3
Funding the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature
Requests the Texas Legislature to obtain federal funds under the Older Americans Act to fund the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature or use State Funds, based on elderly population rate, to fund the operational costs and personal expenses of the Legislature and its members.
4
Adequate Funding of Agencies Dealing with Senior Citizens
Requests State Legislature to provide additional monies in annual budgets to relieve senior citizens suffering from increasing medical costs, home repair, transportation costs, etc. by ensuring adequate funding to agencies on aging.
5
Expansion of TDoA Options for Independent Living
Requests the State Legislature for an increase in the funding for the Texas Department on Aging’s Options for Independent Living programs in order to expand the program from the present fourteen Area Agencies on Aging to a total of twenty-eight.
6
Victims Jury Rights
To change the criminal code that permits only the lawyer for the defense to determine whether the criminal be punished by judge or by jury and to permit the Prosecutor also to request the punishment to be set by judge or jury.
7
In-home and Congregate Meals
Requests the State Legislature to: increase funding in order to maintain current levels for congregate meals; increase funding to expand home-delivered meals; fund two projects for meals to homeless elderly; and fund five projects in the Farmer’s Market Coupon Program.
8
Required Geriatric Health Care Education
Mandates studies in gerontology and/or geriatric health care be included in health and human services education programs and that licensing and certification boards include gerontology and/or geriatric health care in the examinations.
9
Thirty Day Grace Period on Utility Payments for Senior Citizens
Requests the State Legislature to mandate an automatic 30-day delay in payment of their utility bills without penalty.
10
Affordable and Available Health Insurance
Requests the State Legislature to join with leaders in the field of business to study and develop an affordable insurance policy for the elderly that could produce a State Health Insurance Program.
11
Licensing of Board and Care Homes and Income Supplement for Needy Elderly Residents
Requests licensing and inspection of Board and Care home by the State and local health and safety agencies and an increase in the SSI payments to resident of these facilities.
12
Education for Nursing Aides and Assistants
Requests State Legislature to provide for additional education for nursing home aides who provide the basic care for the elderly residents.
13

Resolutions of the 2nd session of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature

Resolve Clause
Rank
Resolution raising the state allowable income level for Medicaid eligibility
1
Resolution in Support of in-home community-based health care
2
Resolution to preserve the safeguards to homesteads as presently afforded in the Texas Constitution
3
Resolution to meet the need for a program of instruction in public schools which will address the problem of teen pregnancy
4
Resolution for a tax freeze on homestead taxes for citizens sixty-five years or older
5
Resolution in support of Texas Department on Aging legislative appropriations budget request FY90 and FY91
6
Resolution on tort reform
7
Resolution on funding TSHL
8
Resolution strengthening liability automobile insurance
9
Resolution to seek equality under the Medicare program for all hospitals in the State of Texas
10

Resolutions of the 1st session of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature

Number
Resolve Clause
Rank
C-12
R-6
R-24
(Resolutions C-12, R-6, and R-24 were combined and designated “priority 1”)
Maintaining funding for programs provided for the Elderly by Federal and State Sources at the level provided in the original 1986-87 budget; and increase amounts as possible
Programs are as follows:
1.) Primary home care
2.) Family care
3.) Home delivered and congregate meals (including Meals on Wheels)
4.) Other in-home services
Support the Legislative Appropriation Request of State Agencies funded for the purpose of providing health care services for Senior Citizens
1
R-4
R-5
Eliminate the Medicaid Income Gap
Raise the state allowable income level for Medicaid eligibility (from $672.20 to $1008.00)
2
R-8
Catastrophic Health Insurance
The state to initiate such plan and receive bids from private insurance companies – for all citizens.
3
R-3
Freeze on Homestead Taxes for Citizens Sixty-Five (65) Years of Age or Older
Same as for school district taxes for all taxing entities.
4
C-11
Continued Fiscal Soundness of Teachers and State Retirement Systems
The State Legislature to enact a resolution restricting the transfer of Teachers and State Retirement Funds to the General Budget.
5
R-18
Safeguard Homesteads as Presently Provided in the State Constitution
6