Senior Day at the Legislature coming up Feb. 10

Senior citizens have the opportunity of meeting with legislators this Thursday, Feb. 10.Senior Day at the Legislature, a tradition for more than 25 years, takes place at the State Capitol. Michelle Benson, with the Bear River Association of Governments Area Agency on Aging, said about 300 seniors from across the state are expected to attend Thursday.Senior Day allows Utah’s older adults to watch lawmaking in action and to get to know their representatives.”One of the things we hope is that it gives (senior citizens) a chance to talk with their legislators about issues that are affecting senior citizens right now,” Benson said. Benson said her current focus with the Legislature is funding, since the state provides about one-third of the funding senior centers use across the state. It’s too early to tell what funds the Legislature will provide, but Benson said she hopes funding is at least kept the same allowing senior citizens to keep from cutting budgets.Registration starts at 10 a.m. Thursday, orientation at 10:15 a.m. and then guests will get to attend a session at the rotunda at 11 a.m. After a lunch break, guests will get the opportunity to meet with legislators in the auditorium from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.Senior citizens from all over the state will be attending, and many senior centers are organizing carpools to take guests to Salt Lake. –

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