ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS – The California Senior Legislature
The California Senior Legislature has been working to improve the lives of California’s six million seniors since 1981. This nonpartisan organization has sponsored over 200 new laws helping seniors with financial abuse, health care, the Silver Alert program, and more. CSL members advocate diligently during the legislative session to have state lawmakers carry and support the CSL’s top State Legislative proposals It then tracks the progress of its legislative proposals through a series of monthly reports.
CSL utilizes donations to support its advocacy efforts. Voluntary tax contributions via the Form 540 California Resident Income Tax Return as well as contributions made directly to CSL are the primary sources of donations to the CSL. Without these contributions, our state’s vulnerable elderly population could lose their strongest advocate.
The Annual Legislative Session is held in the Capitol each year to perfect legislative proposals and identify legislative priorities for the subsequent California Legislative Session.
MASTER PLAN ON AGING
California tops the nation for the number of people 60 or older, a figure expected to double by 2030. Governor Newsom has called for the creation of a Master Plan on Aging that must address person-centered care, the patchwork of public services, social isolation, bedridden seniors in need of transportation, the nursing shortage and demand for in-home supportive services that far outpaces capacity.
SENIOR RALLY DAY
The Senior Rally Day event is held in May of each year and coincides with Older Americans Month. It is designed to demonstrate that seniors count by raising awareness among legislators and the Governor of senior issue as well as advocate for senior issues.
The CSL operates under the rules of the Bagley-Keene Act of 2004.