2023 Legislative Session Summary: Week 4

Hopefully, we are now back on track in Week 4. The issue of the Senator’s removal from the Senate and committees was decided with a Censure and allowing her back on committees; however, she is not allowed to interact with the LRC staff, only through the Director. All bills on now in so we know what we are dealing with in addition to all the title bills, which we will have to monitor for any change. SDCA is also working on an amendment to a bill on licensure and upper level requirements.

There are many mental health bills with funding, marijuana bills, tax cutting measures and issues around education. The education group lobbyists will be on top of all the education bills. The Juvenile Justice bills are moving through the Senate and doing well. All the tax cutting measures will hurt education funding. 

Continue to talk to the legislators about the need for more than the 5% funding for education and why we need much more – in the range of 8-10%.

Weekly Legislative Reports

2023 SDCA Legislative Report Week 1.pdf

2023 SDCA Legislative Report Week 2.pdf

2023 SDCA Legislative Report Week 3.pdf

2023 SDCA Legislative Report Week 4.pdf

Important Information

2023 SD Legislative Cracker Barrel List- Please feel free to email us with additional dates in YOUR area! We will get them added to this list!

You can go to https://sdlegislature.gov/ for information regarding the SD Legislature. While there you can:

  • Find out who represents you and how to be in contact with them.
  • Search for a bill by key words, title or number.
  • Sign up for “My LRC” which will track a bill of interest to you and notify you of hearings, votes, and changes made to the bill.

How a bill becomes a law.pdf

Advocacy Resources

ACA Advocacy Tips

ACA Advocacy Tips #2

Social Media Tips

South Dakota Mental Heath Provider Shortage Areas

Please feel free to contact your Government Relations Committee with questions or concerns.