Today, residents with a driver's license can routinely sign up when getting or renewing their license.
Another paper focuses on "decriminalizing, regulating and taxing the marijuana industry to fund rehabilitation programs."
"Prison overcrowding is a big issue," Moore said. "It is only a matter of time before we will have so many people convicted that we will have to spend $300 million on building a new prison.
"Marijuana is probably the largest agricultural product in the state, which would generate hundreds of millions of dollars a year in taxes, if it became legal."
Some members of the Silver Haired Legislature are expected to defend all the political issues raised during their sessions and by the position papers. Other members are expected to oppose those positions to encourage debate.
The senior legislature will meet again beginning the second Tuesday in June 2014, Moore said.
Barker said, "The Silver Haired Legislature helps develop an agenda for senior citizens' interests for the regular state Legislature.
"They go through the stage of electing a Senate president and a House speaker and leadership. Their chambers vote on what they want to present to the state Legislature when it meets."
Issues Silver Haired legislators typically focus on, Barker said, include grandparent's rights, tax relief for retirees, better health care, increases in retirement benefits and opportunities to serve as volunteers.
"Health care is always a big issue," Barker said. "I think the Silver Haired Legislature is a really good program. My father [Fletcher "Shag" Barker] was always involved in it after he retired.
"Senior citizens get elected on a local level," he said. "Then, they also come to Charleston to lobby legislators about their problems.
"They have a lot of political clout, especially since our state has one of the greatest percentages of retired people of all 50 states."
The state gives $20,000 a year to help fund the Silver Haired Legislature.
"That helps pay for hotel expenses for the senior legislators," Moore said, "but we pay for almost all of our other expenses, including meals and mileage."
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.