|Senior Assembly Member Submits Proposal||| Print ||
|Thursday, 15 November 2012 14:49|
By Jim Knowles
San Leandro Times
The California Senior Legislature doesn’t make laws, but some of its proposals become laws.
The Senior Legislature meets every October and proposes legislation regarding senior citizens for both the state and federal levels.
The Senior Legislature just announced the top-10 legislative priorities for the state and four proposals that will be sent to Congress.
There are 40 Senior Senators and 80 Senior Assembly members, all are volunteers elected from their areas.
One of the proposals sent to the state legislature this year was authored by the Senior Assembly member from San Leandro, George Tucker.
Tucker’s proposal would help to resolve disputes between patients and long-term care facilities be providing funding for an ombudsman.
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Funding proposal would secure funding through an annual fee charged to long-term care facilities.
Some of the other state proposals from the Senior Legislature include a proposals about the use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes, emergency transportation, and making high-quality hearing aids at reasonable prices.
One of the proposals on the federal level would exempt senior citizens 65 and older from paying income tax on Social Security benefits.