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Improving the Lives of Older Texans

It’s our vision that the applied wisdom, energy, and experience of aging will improve the lives of all Texans through education, knowledge, and involvement in legislation and governmental affairs.

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Motivate, educate, and engage older Texans to get involved in the legislative process.


Inform and educate other senior Texans to use their voices to make a difference.

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Teach others about issues and concerns about aging.

How you can Make a Difference

Older Texans are the fastest growing segment of the state’s population. Senate Concurrent Resolution 37, passed in 1985 by the Texas Senate, recognized that. They also acknowledged the increased need for the understanding and participation of Texas’ older citizens in helping develop state policies through the legislative process.

Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) is a “model legislative session” which enables older Texans to initiate and debate policies that affect their peers. The Senate and House concurrently support the work of a biennial Texas Silver-Haired Legislature.

The State of Texas officially recognizes the work TSHL does by providing facilities, and uses our biennial Legislative Report as a resource in the law-making process. Since the inception of the TSHL, more than 200 laws have been directly influenced by TSHL Recommendations.

Our mission is to help older Texans lead healthier, safer, happier, and more independent lives. Through TSHL, you can make a difference!

18th Texas Silver-Haired Legislature’s
Top 10 Resolutions

  • Resolution One: Support Evidence-Based Testing of Cannabis and Allow Licensed Physicians to Legally Prescribe Medical Cannabis.
  • Resolution Two: Preserve or Increase Funding for Home-Delivered Meals.
  • Resolution Three: Increase Medicaid Reimbursement to Improve the Quality of Texas Nursing Home Care.
  • Resolution Four: Increase Access to Healthcare for Seniors Via Telemedicine.
  • Resolution Five: Prevent Financial Abuse of Older Adult Citizens.
  • Resolution Six: Grant Full Practice Authority for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs).
  • Resolution Seven: Offer the Citizens of Texas the Opportunity to Vote on the Expansion of Medicaid.
  • Resolution Eight: Strengthen Public Policy and Initiatives to Expand Rural Broadband Infrastructure in Texas.
  • Resolution Nine: Increase the Personal Needs Allowance for Medicaid Residents in Nursing Homes.
  • Resolution Ten: Enhance Criminal Degree and Fines for Those Who Perpetrate Internet Fraud Against Seniors.


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