Arkansans 60 and older are needed to volunteer as delegates to the 22nd Biennial Silver Haired Legislative Session (SHLS) Aug. 26-27.


The Department of Human Services, Division of Aging, Adult and Behavioral Health Services, in partnership with the Arkansas Area Agencies on Aging, is seeking the volunteers, according to a news release.


Delegates will serve as legislators in this non-partisan session by writing, debating and voting on bills addressing issues critical to older Arkansans.


Organizers are seeking one delegate from each Arkansas county. Anyone interested in becoming a delegate should contact the Area Agency on Aging in their county or the Division of Aging, Adult and Behavioral Health Services. County candidates need to circulate qualifying petitions and submit them to their Area Agency on Aging by Feb. 14. Elected delegates will receive training on topics such as the legislative process, how to write bills, and how a bill becomes a law.


The Silver Haired Legislative Session has been conducted biennially since its institution by a 1977 General Assembly resolution sponsored by Rep. B. G. Hendrix and the late Rep. W. F. “Bill” Foster.


Details: Ronda Gilbert-Hines of the Division of Aging, Adult and Behavioral Health Services at 501-320-6573 (ronda.gilbert-hines@arkansas.gov), the local Area Agency on Aging at 870-543-6300 (chayes@aaasea.org) or https://humanservices.arkansas.gov/about-dhs/daabhs/shl-2020.