KCUR News
7:19 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Seniors Push For Rural Transportation

Topeka, KS – A group that advocates for legislation on behalf of Kansas seniors met recently in Topeka to decide what issues they'll push for in the 2010 session. The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature is made of 125 Kansans over the age of 60.

Jim Snyder is speaker of the Silver Haired Legislature. He says one of the things they're considering is legislation that could help provide transportation to seniors in rural areas.

Snyder says the group has a history of success. Last session they lobbied for a Silver Alert law, which helps get the word out if a senior goes missing.

Snyder says the tight budget in Kansas will be one of the biggest obstacles to getting legislation passed. He believes providing rural transportation will be possible, because there's federal dollars available that could help pay for it.