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Organized in 1980, the Massachusetts Silver Legislature provides an education advocacy program for seniors to become more aware of the legislative process. Members work with community organizations to develop a strong network, and encourage additional participation for senior leaders across the Commonwealth. They volunteer thousands of hours each year for the benefit of the elderly and disabled.
Silver Legislators work with Councils on Aging and seniors in the community to determine the needs and concerns of our elder generation. Issues that require changes in the law are brought before our legislators in the General Court. They draft and file legislation to address the needs of the elderly and disabled. MSL members provide for quality of life during their "golden years," and see that they live in comfort and dignity.
Our goals include:
• Providing affordable drugs for seniors and their families
• Maintaining Social Security
• Supporting seniors at home-based facilities
• Providing home healthcare services
• Providing affordable housing
• Supporting Medicare and eased access to prescriptive drugs
• Providing affordable long-term care
Current officers for the Massachusetts Silver Legislature are:
MSL Senate President
Sally M. Hoyt
MSL Senate President Pro Tempore
MSL Speaker Pro Tempore
Each district carries two MSL legislators: one is a senator and the other is a representative. Sometimes there are more than two candidates from the same district. In those instances, the third candidate will become an "Advocate" until an opening becomes available.
MSL committee members meet at State House Committees. There, they determine their positions on legislation. They also work with each other to make changes the Committee agrees upon and supports.
MSL Alternates, on the other hand, attend meetings with Legislators. They receive training in the legislative process and observe meetings. However, they cannot vote on business. The Alternate may choose to serve as a MSL Legislator when there is an opening.
We work with the major elder service organizations in the Commonwealth. We share their priority bills and concerns for the elderly. We also work with the National Silver Haired Congress in Washington, D.C.