Special to The Hays Daily News
TOPEKA -- The 30th annual Kansas Silver Haired Legislature concluded Oct. 4, with 60 representatives voting on a number of proposed resolutions and bills.
The Silver Haired Legislature is a body of individuals 60 and older who are elected by their peers to develop bills and resolutions that are of interest to Kansas' older adults and their families. They work with members of the Kansas Legislature to get their proposed legislation introduced and debated as bills in the state Legislature.
Following is just some of the legislation passed:
* Resolution urging the Kansas Legislature to provide additional funding for the Home and Community Based Services/Frail Elderly (HCBS/FE) Waiver to provide older adults with all needed dental health services.
* Resolution urging the Kansas Legislature to continue supporting KDHE's "Kansans Optimizing Health Program," an interactive program in which people with a number of chronic conditions come together to learn and practice new skills to manage their conditions.
* Resolution urging the Kansas Legislature to enact legislation during the 2013 session to help combat predatory payday lending practices, and to enact similar legislation to regulate or prohibit Income Tax Refund Advance lending practices that adversely affect older adults and other residents of Kansas.
* An act concerning insurance, relating to the mandatory reinstatement of certain insurance policies in case of mental incapacity of an insured; life insurance; long-term care insurance; preexisting conditions, dementia diagnosis. (If there is a lapse in insurance premiums paid due to dementia, this would allow for reinstatement of the policy.)
* Resolution urging Congress to reauthorize and increase funding for the Older Americans Act.
* An act concerning property taxation, imposing a payment in lieu of tax on certain qualifying crude oil pipelines, procedures. (Qualifying pipeline property currently exempted from property taxation would pay a payment in lieu of tax in the amount of 3 percent of the qualified investment.)
* An act concerning postsecondary educational institutions, relating to fingerprinting and criminal history record check of nursing program applicants. (Nursing program applicants would be required to be fingerprinted and have a background check and would not be admitted if they have certain felony convictions.)
* An act concerning the Coordinated Public Transportation Assistance Act, relating to eligibility of applicants for assistance to transportation systems -- amending K.S.A. 2012 Supp. 75-5034 and 75-5037 and repealing the existing sections. (Makes changes to current law.)
* An act amending the uniform consumer credit code, relating to payday loans -- amending K.S.A. 16a-2-404 and repealing the existing section. (Would prevent a borrower from having more than two outstanding loans with any lender.)
* Resolution urging the Kansas Legislature to call upon U.S. Congress to support funding for the U.S. Postal Service to ensure seniors in rural Kansas have continued access to operating community post offices.