Peabody resident participates in Silver Haired session

Gene Anderson, Peabody, represented Marion County at the fall session of the Silver Haired Legislature held at the State Capitol in Topeka, Oct. 11-13.

Among the state dignitaries speaking to the legislature were Gov. Bill Graves and Department on Aging Secretary Connie Hubbell.

During the session, five bills and three resolutions were introduced, assigned to committee, carried to the floor, introduced and debated, and finally passed by the body.

Issues included mental health parity in insurance coverage, funding for training of volunteer long-term care ombudsman, support for post-retirement benefits for public employees under the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System; universal housing for seniors; and limitations or caps on real property tax for elders.

The session was adjourned Friday, Oct. 13.

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