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— AARP Georgia announced its legislative priorities that will be explored under the Gold Dome during the 2019-2020 Legislative Session. AARP Georgia, with more than 1 million members, advocates for its members who are aged 50-plus. This legislative session, Advocacy Manager Melissa Sinden and a host of AARP Georgia volunteers will seek to engage with elected officials to help advocate for 1) expanding the reach of broadband in rural areas; 2) advancing the implementation of telehealth to connect patients with their …

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— Despite the cold, South Dakota advocates flocked to the Capitol this week to meet with their elected officials and make the priorities of South Dakota’s 50+ known. Clad in their signature red vest, advocates from communities across our state had lunch with many of our State Senators and Representations, as well as Governor Noem, Lt Governor Rhoden and Attorney General Ravnsborg. Photos from the event are attached below. This week, AARP South Dakota sat down with South Dakota’s new Governor, …

— (Ridgeland, MS) – AARP Mississippi applauds the Mississippi Legislature for passing House Bill 366, The Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act. The legislation was signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant today. “Expanding access to broadband is an important quality of life issue for Mississippians who live in rural areas,” said AARP Mississippi State Director Kimberly L. Campbell, Esq. “High-speed internet access can provide opportunities for Mississippians to use telehealth, distance learning and other technologies. It also could help combat social isolation …

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— The bitter cold hit much of SD, but Pierre is heating up! Despite it being a holiday week, AARP SD was busy taking steps to help expand access to human, health and disaster resources across our state. On Wednesday, AARP South Dakota testified in support of Senate Bill (SB) 8 which expands the ‘2-1-1’ telephone referral system to a statewide resource information system.  This bill is a recommendation from the 2018 Mental Health Services legislative summer study. The 211 Helpline Center …

— Approximately 290,000 Nebraska residents have access to just one internet provider or no access at all. State lawmakers return to Lincoln on Jan. 9, and AARP Nebraska wants legislators to hear from its members about issues such as expanding internet access, keeping prescription prices low and other topics that affect those 50 and older. This year’s session may include debates on tax credits for caregivers, providing sick leave for workers without that benefit, and funding home- and community-based services. AARP …

— AARP Oklahoma presented a $3,000 honorary grant check today to Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service to support OSU’s rural broadband outreach program. The $3,000 grant from AARP Oklahoma will fund 12 internet hotspots that are available in public libraries in three rural Oklahoma communities: Davis, Atoka and Marietta. The grant will also fund data services for three devices that OSU previously placed in the Okemah Public Library. The hotspots are …

— On behalf of its 1.6 million members, AARP Illinois commends Governor Bruce Rauner for signing House Bill 5752, which establishes a broadband advisory council to explore ways to expand and increase broadband throughout Illinois, into law. AARP Illinois also commends House sponsor Representative Natalie Phelps Finnie and Senate sponsor Senator Linda Holmes for their hard work passing this bi-partisan legislation through the Illinois General Assembly. A statement from AARP Illinois Director of Advocacy & Outreach Ryan Gruenenfelder as follows: “Access …

— AARP Michigan applauds Gov. Rick Snyder for issuing an executive order this week creating a consortium to strengthen broadband access across the state. Expanding broadband is an important quality-of-life issue for older adults, especially those who live in rural areas where access is limited. The Michigan Consortium for Advanced Networks has been charged with identifying gaps in broadband service coverage and capacity and recommending solutions for the state to enhance connectivity. “Affordable and reliable high-speed Internet access can provide new …

— Access to health care, broadband and affordable utilities are among high-priority items in the 2018 AARP Michigan State Legislative Agenda. The list also includes fighting fraud, abuse and financial exploitation and supporting veterans and age-friendly communities. AARP Michigan advocates on policy issues that matter most to Michiganders 50 and older and their families. Each year, AARP Michigan publishes a state legislative agenda, which is shared with State Representatives and Senators, the Governor, AARP members and volunteers and the public. The 2018 …

— January 9, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director jmargesson@aarp.org or 207-229-5628   AARP Maine Releases 2018 Legislative Agenda Continues Weekly “Tuesdays at the State House” for AARP Advocates PORTLAND: As the 128th legislative session reconvenes, AARP Maine announces its 2018 Legislative Agenda which includes a focus on support for family caregivers, affordable housing, protection of home and community-based services, and equitable utility rates. Today, AARP Maine also kicked off “Tuesdays at the State House” for 2018 …