— AARP North Dakota is sponsoring candidate debates beginning Sept. 4 on Prairie Public Broadcasting. The debates feature candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Public Service Commission, and Secretary of State. Here is the debate schedule. All of the debates will be broadcast live on Prairie Public’s television network and all times are Central. Public Service Commission Unexpired 2-year-term Casey Buchmann (D) and Brian Kroshus (R) 7-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 Public Service Commission 6-year-term Jean Brandt …

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— Recently AARP South Carolina approached Dean Peter Brews, University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business about a feasibility study for a multi-employer retirement plan for South Carolina employees. This idea has worked well in other states where employees did not have access to a retirement plan through their employers. AARP South Carolina wanted to find out if this was a feasible plan for the Palmetto state and, if so, what it would cost based upon the projected participation. …

— Everyone loves a good ice cream sundae with gooey chocolate sauce, walnuts, whipped cream and a cherry on top. Forget about the calories and sit back and imagine the coolness of this summer time treat. Recently, the South Carolina general assembly gave ratepayers its utility reform version of an ice cream sundae – complete with the cherry on top. If you’ve been following the news for the last year, you know that SCE&G pulled the plug on construction of two …

— Join AARP New York on August 2-3, 2018, for our second annual Leading on Livability: Innovation for an Age-Friendly New York at the Crowne Plaza Syracuse. Being the first state in the nation to join the Network of Age-Friendly Communities, New York is looking to increase their focus on livability, walkability, community health, economic development, and how these issues impact people of all ages. At the event, leaders in this field will be working together towards the common goal of making communities across …

— The North Dakota Legislative Assembly only meets every other year. However, during the “interim,” legislative committees will study a wide array of important issues. AARP will be closely watching issues related to health care access and affordability, home- and community-based services, retirement security, property taxes, and other issues important to 50+ North Dakotans. To keep our members current on these interim studies, AARP North Dakota is hosting a monthly webinar/conference call. During these calls, expect to hear what the interim …

— AARP Colorado is pleased to report its 2018 legislative activities. All bills referenced below were signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper unless otherwise noted. Visit our bill list for more information:  http://coloradocapitolwatch.com/bill-analysis/4714/2018/0/.   AARP’s involvement in reforms to Colorado Public Employees Retirement Plan Bill: Senate Bill 18-200. Sponsors: Sens. Kevin Priola and Jack Tate and Reps. Dan Pabon and K.C. Becker. Status: The bill passed on the final day of the legislative session and was signed into law by Gov. John …

— Kentucky Traveling Vietnam Wall Joins Friday After 5 for Veterans Spotlight in Owensboro New memorial honoring Kentucky’s fallen and POW/MIA in Vietnam War on public display in Owensboro’s riverfront McConnell Plaza before and after Friday After 5. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky’s replica of the Vietnam Wall makes its first trip to Owensboro as part of Friday After 5’s Veterans Spotlight celebration. The Traveling Kentucky Vietnam Wall includes the names of 1,105 Kentuckians killed in the Vietnam War, taken prisoner, or still …

— AARP members who receive their electricity from OG&E recently took action and received a historic decrease in their rates. Now it’s time for you to do the same. Right now, PSO is trying to keep $428 million dollars of your money. Recently passed tax savings were supposed to be returned to you, but instead PSO wants to keep the savings for themselves. We need your help in asking the corporation commissioners to say No to PSO and make sure the over collected taxes …

— Check out the July AARP North Dakota newsletter. Stories include: Frank Abagnale identity theft presentation in Fargo. Upcoming healthy living program events in Bismarck-Mandan. July 18 Movie Night in Fargo. July 18 Coffee and conversation in New Town. Monthly legislative update calls with Advocacy Director Mike Chaussee. Upcoming driver safety classes around the state. Volunteer Fraud Fighters needed. Scams Cropping Up Around New Medicare Cards. If you’d like to receive the newsletter by mail every month, email your USPS address to …

— A new law, which took effect July 1, aims to ease the transition from hospital to home for patients and their caregivers. Under the Kansas Lay Caregiver Act, hospitals must give every patient an opportunity to designate a caregiver. The hospital must make reasonable efforts to notify the caregiver when the patient is transferred or released, and to show the caregiver how to handle follow-up care at home. More than 345,000 Kansans serve as unpaid family caregivers. For more information, …