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Senator Ragan to be recognized by Older Iowans Legislature

Contact:  Helene Magee   helene400@msn.com  563-580-9758

State Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, will be the recipient of The “Lahoma N. Counts Memorial Award” to be presented at the opening session of the Older Iowans Legislature on Monday, Sept. 26 in the House Chamber at the State Capitol in Des Moines.

Helene Magee, chair of the Older Iowans Legislature (OIL), said  the organization which advocates on behalf of Iowa’s seniors to the Legislature and the Governor, seldom presents this service award. Magee explained, “We believe Senator Ragan has gone above and beyond in her role as Chairperson of the Senate Human Resources Budget Committee in her commitment to fight for funding for programs which help elderly Iowans maintain a quality of life.”

“This award has special significance this year because it is named for the late Lahoma N. Counts, who was a strong advocate for senior issues and served as the director of Elderbridge Area Agency on Aging in Mason City from 1991 until her retirement in 2011. Lahoma was tragically killed in a car accident in late June in Worth County.

“Both Senator Ragan and Lahoma Counts have committed their lives to serving others so it is only fitting that Senator Ragan be the recipient of this special award,” said the OIL Chair.

The Older Iowans Legislature (OIL) is a non-profit, non-partisan, all volunteer organization.  All Iowans over the age of 50 are invited to participate in the organization’s annual meeting to be held in the Iowa House Chamber on Monday, Sept. 26 and Tuesday, Sept. 27.


July 2016 OIL Press Release

Older Iowans will have the opportunity to meet in the Iowa House of Representatives as members of the Older Iowans Legislature hold their annual meeting at the State Capitol on Monday, Sept. 26 and Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Iowans 50 years of age or older will sit at a legislators desk and have the opportunity to introduce issues and participate in the discussion of issues affecting their lives and the lives of their fellow Iowans. They will cast their votes electronically and thus it will be decided which three issues the Older Iowans Legislature will advocate next year to the Governor and to the Iowa General Assembly.

Helene Magee, Chair of the Older Iowans Legislature, (OIL) says the organization practices grassroots democracy. OIL is a non-profit, non-partisan, all volunteer organization with no formal headquarters and no paid staff or lobbyist. It was authorized by the Iowa Legislature 40 years ago to advocate on behalf of Iowas elderly in order to help older Iowans purse a quality of life, Magee explained.

The Older Iowans Legislature (OIL) has been successful in advocating for expansion of the Elder Abuse Law, Volunteer Ombudsmen Program, Substitute Decision Maker Program and funding for home and community based services.

Magee explained that membership in OIL is open to any Iowan over the age of 50. She suggests that older Iowans go to the website olderiowans.org for more information. Click on Join Us and fill out the membership form and come join us at the State Capitol in September.

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