Seniors to address concerns to legislators

Members of the Texas Legislature, government and business representatives, and senior-citizen advocates will discuss issues facing older Americans as part of a special event at Lee College hosted by the Senior Adult & Travel Program.

The Legislative Town Hall Meeting will be held from 10 a.m.-noon, Monday, May 12, in Tucker Hall on campus. A complimentary lunch will follow.

“Seniors make many valuable contributions to their communities,” said Lynne Foley, manager of the college Senior Adult & Travel Program. “This forum will give them the chance to speak directly to elected officials and others who are interested in hearing their thoughts and ideas.”

Texas State Sen. Sylvia Garcia and Rep. Wayne Smith are among those slated to participate in the town hall meeting.  A native of South Texas and long-time public servant in the city of Houston and Harris County, Garcia is an attorney who has represented District 6 in the Senate since 2013. Smith, who has represented House District 128 since 2002, is a U.S. Army veteran and former president of Wayne Smith and Associates, Inc., Consulting Engineers.  He is also chairman of the House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures.

Other participants who will appear at the forum include: Christina Lesher, a Houston-area attorney specializing in elder law; Andrew Hardwick, public affairs specialist for the Houston office of the U.S. Social Security Administration; Mary Southwick of the Better Business Bureau Education Foundation, which works to combat Medicare fraud and promotes consumer awareness; and several representatives from the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature, an advocacy group that encourages senior citizens to become involved in the legislative process.

To register or for additional information about the Legislative Town Hall Meeting or the Senior Adult & Travel Program, contact the Center for Workforce and Community Development at 281.425.6311.