Saturday, November 28, 2015


Silver Haired Legislature




 Marion County Silver Haired Legislator

 Mary Olson


     The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature (SHL) is a unicameral legislature composed of 125 representatives. All are over 60 and are elected from their county residence. The legislature provides an educational experience in the political process and provides an opportunity to identify priority concerns of Kansas senior citizens. The SHL develops bills and resolutions which are presented to the Kansas Legislature and the Governor as recommendations for state policy.


     The purpose of the Silver Haired Legislature is:

  • To Educate-Participation provides experience in the political process
  • To Inform-Actions of the SHL inform the public and the Kansas Legislature on concerns of the elderly
  • To Involve-The SHL provides over 412,000 seniors a way to become involved.


2015 SHL Bills

K.S.A. 16a-2-404 Change restrictions on payday loans to limit amounts that can be borrowed and increase the time to repay loans.

K.S.A. 40-3107 Amend motor vehicle liability insurance limits to raise amounts granted for bodily injury or death and destruction of property in case of accident.

K.S.A. 2014 Supp.21-5417 Amend legislation dealing with mistreatment of dependent adult or elder person to include stronger penalties for those found guilty of mistreatment, and the ability to take disciplinary action against unlicensed employees providing direct care.