AARP also will keep a close eye on legislation designed to regulate chemical storage tanks like the one that leaked chemicals into the Elk River and prompted the "do-not-use" water order, Miller said.
"We need to be very cognizant that these kinds of storage tanks are located along a lot of our waterways," she said. "It's not just a Kanawha Valley issue. We look at it as a statewide issue."
Also Thursday, AARP unveiled its legislative agenda. The group plans to support:
More state funding for programs designed to provide in-home services for seniors who want to stay at home. "No one should be forced out of their home to receive the care and assistance they need," Miller said.
Legislation that would create a state-run "voluntary employee retirement account" program for private-sector employees in West Virginia. The program would be similar to a self-funded 401K retirement account. The state would not match employee contributions.
Measures that would strengthen prosecution of criminals who exploit and defraud older West Virginians
AARP has nearly 300,000 members in West Virginia.
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.