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The 20th Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) held its Membership Development Session

The 20th Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) held its Membership Development Session

December 7, 2023

The 20th Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) held its Membership Development Session at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos, Nov. 12 – 15.

All TSHL legislators representing the Tarrant County Area Agency on Aging, attended the session along with representatives from throughout the state. The Tarrant County legislators attending included Charles Scoma, Mike Taylor, Kay Sanders, Pat Gleason-Wynn and Beatrice Nealy.

This three-day meeting was the second of three TSHL general sessions that are held during the 2023-2025 term. The session focused on the history and mission of the TSHL, organizational structure, the legislative process, researching and writing resolutions, and working with the Texas Legislature. A mock TSHL Legislative Session highlighted the conference.

The delegates will now research senior issues in Texas, prepare resolutions for proposed legislation, pass them through committee, and vote on them next May during the TSHL’s Legislative Session, to be held in the Texas Capitol House Chamber.

Approved resolutions will be included in a 2024 TSHL Legislative Report that will be delivered to all legislators, as well as to the Governor and Lt. Governor, in advance of the 2025 Texas Legislative Session. TSHL members will then be actively advocating for legislation relevant to the TSHL resolutions.

The Honorable Sherry Hubbard, current TSHL Speaker, was extremely pleased with the session. “We have a great freshman class who enthusiastically participated in the development session. Combined with the experience and mentorship of our veteran delegates, we are looking forward to a very productive TSHL Legislative Session in May and, going forward, working with the Texas Legislature.”

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The Texas Silver-Haired Legislature is a non-partisan body created by the 69th Texas Legislature with the adoption of SCR 37, on April 3, 1985. Since its inception, over 750 Texas older adults have been elected to serve in the TSHL, and over 900 issues have been brought to the attention of the Texas Legislature which has passed over 275 of them fully or partially into law.

Additional information is available on the website, tshl.org