Legislative teleconferences track senior bills

Did you know that the Alaska Commission on Aging (ACoA) monitored a total of 45 bills and resolutions and actively supported 25 pieces of legislation that affected seniors during the FY2013 legislative session? We also provided committee testimony and letters of support to bill sponsors, legislative committees and Congressional members.

Senior advocacy is a “team effort.” We invite you and other Alaskans in your community to be active this legislative session by participating in the 2014 ACoA Senior Legislative Teleconferences. The purpose of these teleconferences is to foster dialogue about senior issues, seek input from seniors about legislation of most importance to them, monitor important issues affecting Alaskan communities, and to advocate for older Alaskans.

We meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. every other Thursday and weekly during the last month of session. The 2014 meeting dates are January  23 and 30; February  14 (a Friday) and 27; March 13 and 27; April 10, 17 and 24.

To participate, visit a host site – the commission coordinates with local organizations within your area to provide one call-in site per community. The host site will be a reasonably quiet location with a speaker or teleconference phone system, is ADA compliant and able to provide copies of the meeting agenda and other materials. Here is the current list of host site organizations:

• Anchorage Senior Activity Center

• Chugiak Senior Citizens, Inc.

• Fairbanks Native Association

• Homer Senior Services

• Juneau Alaska Office Building Room 115        

• Mid-Valley Seniors (Houston)                                    

• Nikiski Senior Citizens

• Northstar Council on Aging (Fairbanks)

• North Slope Senior Citizens program              

• Palmer Senior Citizens                                       

• Senior Citizens of Kodiak

• Seward Senior Center

• Soldotna Area Senior Citizens

• Valdez Senior Center, Inc.

• Wasilla Area Seniors

• Wrangell Senior Center

The ACoA will post the meeting schedule and teleconference site locations in Senior Voice as well as on our website, http://www.alaskaaging.org. Or call 465-3250.

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