Silver Haired Legislature elects Sumter, Clarendon members

BY KAYLA ROBINS kayla@theitem.com
Posted 9/7/18

A group formed by South Carolina lawmakers to represent the needs, issues and concerns of and faced by senior citizens recently elected its new representatives in Sumter and Clarendon counties.

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Silver Haired Legislature elects Sumter, Clarendon members

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A group formed by South Carolina lawmakers to represent the needs, issues and concerns of and faced by senior citizens recently elected its new representatives in Sumter and Clarendon counties.

The South Carolina Silver Haired Legislature welcomed David O'Brien, Frances Hill, Nancy Stark and Myrtle Johnson as its 2018-2020 Sumter representatives and Mary Wilson, a Manning resident, and Loretta Pollard, a Summerton resident and chairwoman, as its Clarendon representatives for the Sumter/Lee/Clarendon region that makes up the Santee-Lynches Caucus, according to Pollard.

The SCSHL was created in 1999 by the South Carolina General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. James Hodges. It held its first organizational session at the Capital Senior Center in Columbia on July 14, 1999.

SCSHL representatives must be registered voters over the age of 60 who are elected in their counties to serve in the unicameral body, according to the group's literature.

During the group's legislative session held in even years during the second full week of September, the SCSHL develops resolutions for presentation to the General Assembly. For the 2017-18 session, priorities were providing respite for family caregivers; funding in-home and community-based services; and restoring geriatric loan forgiveness funding.

Those interested in getting involved or finding out more information can get in touch with either the caucus chair or the South Carolina Area Agency on Aging that serves their county of residence.