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Calnan has her work cut out for her

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Even though the session is over, her work isn’t done.

Selma Calnan of Coleville, Calif., attended the California Senior Legislature as a Senior Senator Oct. 18 in Sacramento.

The 120-member group, which included 40 senators and 80 assemblymen, proposed 120 bills and boiled that number down to 14.

A senior committee will lobby for these bills before the California Legislature in January, Calnan said, and typically about 70 percent of bills proposed by seniors to the state body eventually become law.

However, the individual members will each lobby for one of the remaining proposals.

Calnan is seeking to expand the California Department of Aging to address the aging process and future issues for young and old alike.

She would also like to see the department’s name changed to Department of Longevity.

“Active older life is the rule world-wide,” she said, and the issues that concern the elderly now will affect the younger generation in the next few years.

Calnan said longevity is affected 30 percent by genetics and 70 percent by lifestyle, so healthy old age must be a goal for people of all ages.

Although only 14 proposals are being lobbied officially by the seniors’ advocacy committee, all of the California Senior legislators will be lobbying as individuals also.

“Other Senior Legislators will try to find sponsors for many worthwhile issues,” Calnan said.

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