The California Senior Legislature is a volunteer body whose primary mission is to gather ideas for legislation at the state and federal levels, craft the ideas into formal proposals, prioritize the proposals, present them to members of the Legislature or the Congress, and advocate for laws implementing new ideas.
The 40 Senators and 80 Senior Assembly Members are selected in elections supervised by the Advisory Councils in the 33 Planning and Services Areas (PSAs) in California which were established by the federal Older Americans Act of 1965. The elections are in April of even-numbered years so that the terms of office are four years.
Kern County, as Planning and Service Area 33, is apportioned one Senior Senator and one Senior Assembly Member. Candidates must be 60 years or over. Persons interested in applying for either position should contact Laura Juarez at Kern County Aging and Adult Services Department, 5357 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93309 or call (661) 868-1052. The filing deadline is March 10, 2014.