The Texas Silver-Haired Legislature are volunteers who work for improving the quality of life of older Texans by speaking at local events, attending regional and national conferences, and communicating constituents' issues and concerns to lawmakers. The results of their efforts are found in legislation that help make life for older Texans safer, healthier, and more productive.
The Texas Silver-Haired Legislature is a nonpartisan and a nonprofit organization. It is composed of positions for 117 representatives elected for two year terms by Texans 60 years of age and older .
Goals of TSHL include
- To motivate older citizens to realize that legislative involvement is a primary responsibility of effective citizenship.
- To help older Texans know that if they are to become a viable political force, they muts become informed and knowledgeable about the issues facing our community, state and nation.
- To develop a forum for older persons to discuss and debate issues concerning not only their own welfare, but also that of others.
- To educate the Silver-Haired Legislators in their advocacy role in order that they may continue their involvement in legislative matters in their local community.
- To provide a model legislative body in which the Silver-Haired Legislators will have the opportunity to introduce, discuss, and pass resolutions dealing with major concerns of our citizens.
- To work for the passage in the regular Texas Legislature of resolutions passed by the TSHL, especially those that were prioritized.
TSHL has helped pass a number of bills in the Texas Legislature. It selects ten top-priority resolutions each session and puts all it's efforts into incorporating them into legislative acts.