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South Dakota Republican Party Weekly Legislative Update
February 7, 2020 Legislative Session: Week Four
South Dakota Republican Party blasts past 104k voter advantage, has over 90% of legislative candidates recruited for 2020 Election Cycle
he State Republican Party might not be as visible as Sunday’s Super Bowl Champions, but we’re declaring a solid win in the latest voter registration numbers reported by the South Dakota Secretary of State. According to current figures, South Dakota Republicans now have a voter advantage of 104,432 Republicans over Democrats. The South Dakota Republican Party has 258,628 voters in comparison to Democrats’ 154,196. Over 47% of the active voters in the state identify with the Republican Party as their party of choice. We can attribute our strong voter numbers to South Dakotans identifying with the policies and strong leadership of President Donald Trump and Republican officials in Pierre. Another result of so many people wanting to be part of our successes is that the Republican Party is ahead of goals in candidate recruitment. As of today, with nearly 2 months until the filing deadline, the GOP has over 90% of our legislative slots filled, and we’re actively recruiting for all 105 positions. These are all signs of a robust Republican Party. A healthy political party has four legs supporting it –
Session Highlights P P P
This was the fourth week of session, running from the 13th through the 16th legislative days. Friday was the last day for introduction of committee bills and joint resolutions 258 bills have been introduced in the House, and 169 in the Senate.
strong voter registration, interested candidates, solid finances, and an active organization. On top of our individual county party fundraising efforts, the State Republican Party raised over a quarter million dollars in an off-election year for our upcoming campaign activities. With 42 county organizations, statewide the SDGOP is extremely active, with over 20 events planned in the first quarter of 2020 alone, including MAGA meetups statewide, our annual county by county Lincoln Day Dinners, and many, many other events. I’m happy to report to the members of the Republican Party that the State GOP has a solid foundation under it, as we prepare for the 2020 election cycle. We’re ready to go to work and win! For the Party,
Dan Lederman, SDGOP Chairman
Four Measures have been introduced to amend the constitution on topics such as Legislative reapportionment, transfer of funds, wagering on sports events and the creation of a pooled investment fund.
Walking in Governor Kristi Noem’s footsteps By Claire Rydberg, Legislative Communications Coordinator
’ve known Gov. Noem for about five years now. On Tuesday I had the honor and opportunity to shadow Governor Kristi Noem for the day, and I got to know her a lot better, as I was able to see a side of her that the public eye doesn’t always follow. My shadow started off with me listening to Gov. Noem speak to a group of medical students from USD. She spoke to them about how important it is that they work and stay in the state after they get their degrees. She answered many questions, including a few about medical care on the reservations. Gov. Noem said that it’s very important for her to see better medical care for our Native American citizens. Kristi talked about how she wants to work so that South Dakota has control over medical care instead of the federal government. She said one of the most challenging things is finding good doctors to work on the reservations and stay because after a few years the doctors get burnt out. The Governor also answered questions about the Meth
campaign. She said that we are in stage two and that it’s working since people are beginning to talk about it. I was then able to sit in on another more private meeting that the Governor had. One thing that I didn’t know before is how booked Governor Noem’s schedule is. After every event or meeting that she had, she was already seeing what was next on her schedule. It seemed to me that she barely had any time to breathe because she was ready to take on the next part of her day. Governor Noem works very hard for our State and truly loves South Dakota and its people. I was so thankful for this opportunity to see what the Governor does behind the scenes. One thing stood out more than any other — Kristi’s work ethic is very inspiring. While it seemed as if it was a whirlwind day, I can honestly tell you that if I’m lucky enough one day I would like to be Governor of South Dakota just like Kristi Noem.
House committee passes measure to allow cultivation of Industrial Hemp By Claire Rydberg, Legislative Communications Coordinator
ast legislative session, Governor Kristi Noem vetoed a bill concerning the legalization of Industrial Hemp in South Dakota. She stated in her State of the State address that she would be open to the idea as long as it followed her “guard rails” to ensure that hemp would not be a financial burden to the state and that it would not promote the growing of illegal drugs.
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Thursday the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved and passed HB 1008, a bill to allow industrial hemp production in the state. Its next stop is the House floor for debate. Governor Noem’s guard rails to decriminalizing industrial hemp include Reliable Enforcement, Reasonable Regulation, Safe Transportation, and Adequate Funding.
Governor Noem told Keloland, “I just want to make sure we’re doing the responsible thing and paying for this program as it goes forward.” Listed below are the guardrails that Governor Noem sent out to all 105 members of the South Dakota Legislature.
Four Guardrails: A Path Forward on Decriminalizing Industrial Hemp
1. Reliable Enforcement a. Growth or possession of hemp is consent to an inspection and a search. b. Agency authorization to inspect fields and loads, confiscate or seize, and destroy or dispose of unlawful hemp – without liability – and the actual costs of disposal must be paid by the grower or possessor. c. Sale or use of hemp/hemp derivatives for smoking is prohibited. d. Annual statistical report by the Attorney General to the Governor and Legislature as to how this act affects criminal drug prosecutions. 2. Responsible Regulation a. Reasonable regulations regarding licensing, reporting, and inspections that are at least compliant with USDA standards. b. Minimum land area size: contiguous outdoor 5 acres. c. Appropriate fee structure: application, annual license, and inspection. 3. Safe Transportation a. A permit is required for all transportation of hemp. b. Appropriate legal consequences for hemp transported without Documentation. 4. Adequate Funding a. Total Department of Public Safety Projected Costs: i. FTE – 9 for transportation and enforcement; and 9 seasonal inspectors ii. One-time costs: $1,157,517 iii. On-going costs: $1,044,345 b. Total SD Department of Agriculture Projected Costs: i. FTE – 3 for program management ii. One-time costs: $36,586 iii. On-going costs: $349,697 c. Total Department of Health Projected Costs: i. FTE – 2 for lab chemists ii. One-time costs: $705,700 iii. On-going costs: $198,739
CRNA Profession to receive boost from SB50 provisions By Claire Rydberg, Legislative Communications Coordinator
enate Bill 50 is a bill that will produce a positive impact on South Dakota’s Health Care systems by revising certain provisions regarding the practice of a certified registered nurse anesthetist. The prime sponsor of this bill is Senator Deb Soholt from Minnehaha County. Earlier this week, the bill passed through the Senate Health and Human Services committee. It then was up for debate on the Senate floor, passing 34-1. It is now headed to be heard on the House side, where it has been assigned to the House Health and Human Services. SB 50 is being brought by the South Dakota Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Coalition (APRN), they are working to align South Dakota’s standards and qualifications for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists with the national standards. The CRNAs are very important and crucial health care providers, most importantly in rural states including South Dakota. The bill would remove outdated and restrictive barriers that prevent patients from accessing a full range of care that the CRNAs are educated and trained to provide. Specifically, the bill modernizes state health care laws by removing outdated restrictions on practice locations that way the CRNAs can work in different ranges of health care providers to improve patient access to these CRNAs. Focusing mostly on rural areas and communities, the bill would also ensure that South Dakota CRNAs would have the same perspective authority to treat patients as CRNAs do in South Dakota’s surrounding states. SB 50 would also help family caregivers in South Dakota. Rural communities lack the ability and resources to get to their appointments due to long distances to see health care providers and mobility issues. Lack of providers in the community puts patients’ health at risk and adds stress to their family caregivers. February 7, 2020 Legislative Session: Week Four
House Bill 1083 to adopt technical colleges as name for postsecondary technical institutes By Claire Rydberg, Legislative Communications Coordinator
n Tuesday, Feb 4th, the House voted on HB 1083. The purpose of HB 1083 is to rename the postsecondary technical institutes as technical colleges. The legislation would also drop the word “postsecondary.” The prime sponsor of the bill is Representative Hugh Bartels. The bill passed 41-25. The state Board of Technical Education seeks is in support and seeks the change. Rep. Bartels said, “This is not a shift of their mission.” Bartels also said that forty-eight other states call their two-year campuses “colleges” and that referring to them as institutes were “antiquated.” He referred to the bill as a “marketing bill.” Many House members had traded arguments about the bill. Rep. Chris Karr said that enrollment has been growing at the tech schools while the Board of Regents struggled to hold students at the eight other campuses in the Public universities system. Karr said, “There’s something that concerns me about changing something that’s really working well.” The bill will go onto the Senate for a second reading in a senate committee.
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Get to Know...Gabe Fanning
Gabe Fanning is a Senior and is from Bennet County. His sponsor is Representative Steve Livermont. This is Gabe’s first year as a South Dakota Page. Last year he served as a United States Senate Page for Sen. John Thune. He is the current Chair of the South Dakota Teen Age Republicans. He plans to study Political Science at the University of Mary in North Dakota. When asked what his favorite part of paging was he said, “I enjoy the experiences and connections that I am making. It’s great to see the process and meet so many amazing people.”
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