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Lawmakers, AARP share breakfast, policy talk

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They came for scrambled eggs, bacon and bagels and they came away with a better understanding of AARP Michigan's legislative agenda for this year.

The 2016 Legislative Breakfast at the colorful Mackinac Room in the Anderson House Office Building drew 150 lawmakers and aides from both parties.

They dined and chatted with national AARP leadership, including President-Elect Eric Schneidewind and Regional Vice President June Lyle.

Twenty branded AARP Michigan volunteers were on hand to help with the festivities and meet with the legislators. Some sat and talked with Senators or Representatives from their home districts.

Much of the talk focused on the 2016 AARP Michigan Legislative Agenda, which was available on the tabletop near the room entrance. Caregiving, financial security, affordable utilities, support for veterans and many other issues are covered. Read it here: AARPMI2016LegisAgenda.2.3.16

Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, sponsor of the CARE Act, delivered brief remarks about Senate Bill 352, caregiving in general and the joys of working with AARP.

"It was a great event that mixed volunteer engagement, advocacy, good conversation and a dash of fun," said Paula D. Cunningham, AARP Michigan State Director.

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