Special to The Hays Daily News

The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature at its 28th annual session passed five new and five continued proposals for recommendation to the Kansas Legislature.

The session was Sept. 27 to 29 at Ramada Hotel and Convention Center in Topeka.

A resolution also was passed honoring Irv Hoffmann, Lenexa, SHL president and long-time member who died recently.

The Silver Haired Legislature is a body of individuals, aged 60 and older, elected by their peers to develop bills and resolutions that are of interest to Kansas seniors and their families. They work with members of the Kansas Legislature to get their proposals introduced and debated as bills.

During a Tuesday evening banquet, the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature presented the Irv Hoffmann SHL Nursing Scholarship, an annual scholarship for nurses entering the field of geriatric nursing as a career, to Christine Arnold, Lawrence, who is studying at Washburn University.

The following Silver Haired Legislators also were presented certificates of appreciation for their efforts in starting the SHL Nursing Scholarship: Dorothy Zook, Hesston; Virginia (Ginny) Graham, Reading; Kathryn (Pat) Grantham, Augusta; Berniece Smith, Topeka; and Martha Durst, Derby.

The Kansas Department on Aging was presented a certificate in recognition of exemplary programs for seniors.

James Snyder, Topeka, Speaker of the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature, received a standing ovation for his outstanding leadership over the past year.

Exceptional Service Awards were presented to: Marsha Ridinger, Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, Topeka; Marjorie Thomas, Kansas Silver Haired Legislator, Garnet; and Marva Williams, Kansas Department on Aging.

The bills and resolutions passed during the 2010 session were:

* SHL Bill No. 2702, passed as introduced. Grandparent Custody of Children -- The court would consider a grandparent to be a custodian of a child if the child resides with the grandparent in a stable relationship and it is in the child's best interest.

* SHL Resolution No. 2703, passed as introduced.. Elimination of sales tax exemptions and exclusions to organizations that do not provide services and benefits on a statewide basis.

* SHL Concurrent resolution No. 2704, passed as introduced. Term Limits for Kansas House and Senate -- Proposition to amend Sec. 2 of Article 2 of the State Constitution to limit legislators to no more than two successive four-year terms in the Senate and no more than four successive two-year terms in the House.

* SHL Resolution No. 2705, amended Requiring mandatory driver training for those drivers who operate 15-passenger vans; that all newly manufactured multi-passenger vehicles be equipped with seat belts of the lap belt and shoulder restraint type for each seating position on such vehicle; and mandating that drivers ensure all passengers are properly buckled up before the van is set in motion.

* Resolution No. 2706, passed as introduced. Using all moneys credited pursuant to statute to the Senior Services Fund or to the Health Care for Seniors Fund for programs administered through the Area Agencies on Aging. (This would affect continued proposals SHL Bill No. 2707, SHL Bill No. 2708 and SHL Bill No. 2710 listed below.)

Other previously introduced legislation that has been endorsed for continuation by SHL include:

* SHL Bill No. 2707, passed as introduced. An act concerning the Kansas Department on Aging relating to the Senior Services Fund; creating the Health Care For Seniors Fund; disposition of certain additional lottery proceeds; prescribing certain powers, duties and functions for the Secretary of Aging; amending K.S.A. 2010 Supp. 74-8768 and repealing the existing section.

* SHL Bill No.2708, passed as introduced. An act concerning the Kansas Department on Aging relating to the Senior Services Fund; creating the Health Care For Seniors Fund; disposition of certain additional tobacco litigation settlement proceeds; prescribing certain powers, duties and functions for the Secretary of Aging; amending K.S.A. 38-2101 and repealing the existing section.

SBlt SHL Bill No.2709, passed as introduced. Enacting the Geriatric Mental Health Act establishing a Geriatric Mental Health Program administered by the Kansas Department on Aging.

SHL Bill No. 2710, passed as introduced. Creating the Health Care For Seniors Fund concerning the disposition of a sales tax and compensating use tax proceeds; prescribing certain powers, duties and functions for the Secretary of Aging and Secretary of Revenue; amending K.S.A. 2010 Supp. 79-3620 and 79-3710 and repealing the existing sections.

* SHL Bill No.2711, passed as introduced. An act relating to insurance concerning the mandatory reinstatement of certain insurance policies in case of mental incapacity of an insured.

* SHL Delegates considered but failed to pass Resolution No. 2701, whichdealt with legalization of the use of marijuana for certain debilitating medical conditions.