Special to The Hays Daily News

TOPEKA -- Kansas' older adults who have an interest in politics are encouraged to register to become a candidate for the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature. The deadline to register is approaching.

The SHL is a unicameral legislative body consisting of 125 representatives. All of the elected officials are age 60 or older. The SHL provides an educational experience in the political process and an opportunity to identify policy concerns for Kansas' older adults. The SHL develops bills and resolutions presented to the Kansas Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback as recommendations for state policy.

Elected Silver Haired Legislators are responsible for advocating for their legislation, testifying at hearings on SHL legislation, meeting with older adults in their county/district and attending scheduled SHL meetings.

Elections to become a Silver Haired Legislator are set for March 9. Candidates must registered to vote in their district.

Candidate registration forms and additional information are available on the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services website at www.kdads.ks.gov/Advocacy_Legislation/Legislative/silverhairlegi.htm.

Forms must be downloaded, signed and returned no later than 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Forms and information also are available at Kansas' Area Agencies on Aging with locations in Kansas City, Chanute, Hiawatha, Wichita, Dodge City, Arkansas City, Hays, Ottawa, Olathe, Topeka and Manhattan.

The Kansas Silver Haired Legislative Session takes place Oct. 8 to 10 in Topeka.