Advocacy and Legislative Information
As an advocate for Kansas seniors, the Kansas Department on Aging provides a voice for senior issues before the State Legislature. All of the testimony presented to the Legislature by KDOA is posted here.
- Legislation Information - Current and Past Legislation Testimony documents. Search for Kansas Statutes, track bills in the US House and US Senate, and how to contact your elected State and National Officials.
In addition, several other organizations and programs also play an advocacy role for Kansas seniors. They include:
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman - The office coordinates the work of long-term care ombudsmen, who act as advocates for residents of long-term care facilities across the state. The office works to improve the quality of life for residents of long-term care facilities across the state. It also recruits and oversees the efforts of volunteer long-term care ombudsmen.
- State Advisory Council on Aging
The Advisory Council on Aging is a statutorily created body, representing different geographical, social and ethnic groups, with at least half of membership being 60 years of age or older.
- Silver Haired Legislature
The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature (SHL) is a unicameral legislature composed of 125 representatives. All are over 60 and are elected from their county residence. The SHL develops bills and resolutions which are presented to the Kansas Legislature and the Governor as recommendations for state policy. Also, find out more about the National Silver Haired Congress.