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The Older Iowans Legislature is a statewide non-partisan, non-profit volunteer organization. Its members advocate for state legislators and the Governor to sign legislation that will result in an improved “Quality of Life for Older Iowans”.

The Older Iowans Legislature places special emphasis on the frail elderly; those citizens who have contributed much to our society, but have exhausted their resources and in need of assistance to lead meaningful lives.

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OLDER IOWANS LEGISLATURE NOW ADVOCATING TO THE 2018 IOWA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The 2018 Iowa General Assembly is now in session and the Older Iowans Legislature is geared up to advocate to the Iowa Senators and Representatives on behalf of Iowa's seniors.

The Older Iowans Legislature will be pushing our Senators and Representatives for enactment of legislation for housing sexual offenders, for funding the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, and for funding the unmet needs of Iowa's seniors. The Older Iowans Legislature Priority Bills, below, were decided by the members of the Older Iowans Legislature at the annual session on September 25, 2107.

Housing for sexual offenders

The Older Iowans Legislature is asking the 2018 Iowa General Assembly to provide secure housing for sexual offenders that will not endanger frail elders. The Older Iowans Legislature strongly believes that housing sexual offenders in general population nursing homes must be avoided because of safety issues for the vulnerable residents of nursing homes.

The Older Iowans Legislature is aware that there is a shortage of restricted housing facilities for aging sexual offenders who have completed their sentences but cannot be safely released into the general population.

The Older Iowans Legislature is also aware the Iowa is suffering a budget crisis.

Therefore: The Older Iowans Legislature is asking the Iowa General Assembly to explore alternatives with in- or out-of-state entities and private entities interested in operating such facilities.

Funding for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program

The Older Iowans Legislature is asking the 2018 Iowa General Assembly to appropriate funds or find alternative funding for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) program. The Older Iowans Legislature requests that the Iowa General Assembly appropriate $100,000 to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program to cover recruitment and training of volunteers and for travel costs.

The Older Iowans Legislature is asking for the restoration of the LTCO funding that was cut in the last fiscal year by either:

Funding to help meet the unmet needs of Iowa's seniors

The Older Iowans Legislature is concerned that the State of Iowa's budget crisis will negatively impact Iowa seniors because of stagnant or decreased funding in the last decade.

The Older Iowans Legislature asks that the 2018 Iowa General Assembly completely review the Iowa tax credits program, eliminate those tax credits no longer needed, and use a portion of those tax credits saved to be appropriated to fund senior needs.

Creating a Senior Living Coordinating Committee

The Older Iowans Legislature is asking Iowa Governor Reynolds, through an Executive Order, to create a Senior Living Coordinating Committee composed of the directors of state departments affecting seniors, and legislative and citizen representatives. The Senior Living Coordinating Committee would be responsible for the development of a coordinated strategy for meeting the needs of Iowa's seniors.

The Older Iowans Legislature supports the Governor's request that Future Ready Iowa include in its scope the direct care workforce. The Older Iowans Legislature is ready to join with the Iowa Caregivers Association to advocate legislation to help increase the number of caregivers available to take care of Iowa's rapidly growing elderly population.

Planned actions of the Older Iowans Legislature

Members of the Board of Directors of the Older Iowans Legislature will be meeting on Tuesday January 30, 2018 with Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer and Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix to discuss the Older Iowans Legislature Priority Bills and to push for their enactment during the 2018 session of the Iowa General Assembly. Members of the OIL Board of Directors on January 30 will also be arranging meetings with key legislative committee chairs so that the OIL Priority Issues can make it through the funnel dates.

Call for actions from members and friends of the Older Iowans Legislature

The members of the Board of Directors of the Older Iowans Legislature cannot advocate for our OIL Priority Issues alone. We need all members and friends of the Older Iowans Legislature to contact their local Senators and Representatives by email, phone calls and attendance at local legislative forums to push for passage of these bills that affect “the quality of life” of Iowa's senior citizens.

The Older Iowans Legislature will post "talking points" on our website that you can use when visiting with your Representative and your Senator.

Feel free to contact me at helene400@msn.com with your suggestions and questions.

Let's all work together to make 2018 a good year for Iowa's elderly population.

Helene Magee

Chair, Board of Directors, Older Iowans Legislature


ACTIONS OF THE 2017 OLDER IOWANS LEGISLATURE

The Older Iowans Legislature, meeting in legislative session in the House Chamber of the Iowa Capitol on September 25 and 26, 2017, enacted three OIL Resolutions and three OIL Priority Bills.

OIL Resolution 17-01: Guardianship and Conservatorship. The Older Iowans Legislature asks the OIL Board of Directors to review the task force speech handout presented by Josephine Gittler on September 25, 2017 and to take steps to support, as it deems appropriate, the Guardianship & Conservatorship Task Force Recommendations as found in Gittler’s presentation on pages 5 & 6.

OIL Resolution 17-02: Alternative Sources of Funding. The Older Iowans Legislature asks the OIL Board of Directors to study options for alternative funding of services for older citizens of Iowa. The OIL Board of Directors shall pursue grant funding and explore process of the Iowa State Tax Return check off and feasibility of transferring a percentage (amount TBD) of gambling revenue toward older adult services.

OIL Resolution 17-03: Expansion of Direct Care Workforce registry. The Older Iowans Legislature asks the OIL Board of Directors to explore the feasibility of expansion of the direct care workforce registry to include all direct care workers, regardless of work setting.

OIL Bill 17-01: Establishment of a Senior Living Coordinating Council. The Older Iowans Legislature asks the 2018 session of the Iowa General Assembly to enact a law that establishes a Senior Living Coordinating Council that brings together the major departments of State government (i.e., Department of Human Services, Department of Public Health, Department of Inspections and Appeals, Department on Aging) with Legislators and with Iowa Citizens to jointly address and fund needs of older Iowans.

OIL Bill 17-02: Future Ready Iowa. The Older Iowans Legislature asks the Office of the Governor of Iowa to expand the scope of Future Ready Iowa to include the direct care workforce;

OIL Bill 17-03: Funding of senior services. The Older Iowans Legislature asks the 2018 session of the Iowa General Assembly to appropriate funds and/or to find alternative funding for the following concerns of older Iowans:

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