AARP volunteers, staff heading to State Capitol

Posted at 5:10 AM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 07:10:27-05

BOISE, Idaho — AARP Idaho staff and more than 100 volunteer advocates from around the state will gather at the Capitol Tuesday representing the 185,000 AARP members in Idaho. AARP is the largest organization with a membership in the Gem State.

This year, AARP will be asking lawmakers to consider creating a public/private retirement savings option that is simple to use for small business employers to offer to their workers through a payroll deduction. A recent AARP survey finds seven in ten Idaho small business owners support legislation that would create a ready-to-go, public-private retirement savings option that would help small businesses offer employees a way to save for retirement.

Lobby Day participants will have an opportunity to speak with legislators, enjoy lunch at the Capitol rotunda, tour the Capitol, attend committee hearings and engage on issues important to all Idahoans.

"I think the legislative process is a mystery to a lot of people, so they use this day as a way to learn more about the way the Legislature works, more about the operations of the Capitol and how they can actually access their legislator to talk to them about important issues to them," said Francoise Cleveland, AARP Idaho director of Advocacy.

AARP is also supporting H352 to increase the grocery tax credit to $135 for all Idahoans and H342 in support of enacting telehealth laws and administrative rules allowing older adults and their family caregivers to make use of new opportunities to consult with health professionals to better manage their health.