Area Agency on Aging seeking Silver Haired delegates


The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas is seeking Arkansans who are at least 60 years old to volunteer to serve as delegates to the 18th Biennial Silver Haired Legislative Session taking place on Aug. 22-23, 2012.

Delegates will act as legislators in this non-partisan session by writing, debating, and voting on bills addressing issues critical to older Arkansans.

Organizers are seeking one delegate from each of the 10 counties of Southeast Arkansas. Anyone who is interested in becoming a delegate should contact the Area Agency on Aging at Pine Bluff. County candidates need to circulate qualifying petitions and submit them to their Area Agency on Aging by April 15. Elected delegates will receive training on topics such as the legislative process, how to write bills and how a bill becomes a law.

The Silver Haired Legislative Session has been conducted biennially since its institution by a 1977 General Assembly resolution sponsored by Rep. B.G. Hendrix and the late Rep. W. F. “Bill” Foster. It is one of at least 28 such sessions held throughout the country to give senior citizens a chance to participate in the legislative process.

For application forms or more information, please contact Barrie Hardin at 870-543-6300, toll-free at 800-264-3260 or by e-mail at bhardin@aaasea.org.

Information is also available on the DAAS website at http://www.daas.ar.gov