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South Dakota Republican Party Weekly Legislative Update

February 13, 2020 Legislative Session: Week Five

Republicans Caught the Big Wave in 2018 Are you with us to help paddle to the next one?

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ost South Dakotans are not familiar with surfing. Not that I can claim to be either, having been brought up in a small town in Iowa.  But I do know that champion surfers win contests because of how they negotiate the big waves and how far they can travel. The SDGOP is a lot like that. We’re judged on how well we negotiate the challenges we face in leading our state. And we’ve had ups and downs, and been fortunate to enjoy plenty of success in recent years as we’ve caught the wave and emerged as victorious. But right now, we’re between waves. We’re paddling out to uncertain waters ready to catch the next one. And we need your help, as we prepare to stand up and “catch the big one” in 2020.  We need your hands and we need your personal momentum. We have to keep in the spotlight and be politically active for the next 9 months. It takes all of us to do that.  We need all of us to tell our stories on why we are Republicans.   We need to be engaged and active at the Lincoln Day Dinners. We need to see and be seen by our fellow community members at forums, crackerbarrels, gun shows, school event, and more.

Session Highlights

P This was the fifth week of session, running from the 17th through the 20th legislative days. P Next Wednesday is the last day to move a bill out of committee to the house of origin. P 293 bills have been introduced in the House, and 186 bills have been introduced in the Senate.

Wherever there are 5 people gathered, our candidates need to be there talking to people. Because that’s how we win hearts and minds. We win elections by communicating and listening to people.

Wherever there are 5 people gathered, our candidates need to be there talking to people. Because that’s how we win hearts and minds. We win elections by communicating and listening to people. That’s what gives us forward momentum. That’s what keeps us paddling to catch a great wave. We need everyone to be ready, and with your help, we’ll catch the next big one in November 2020. For the Party, Dan Lederman, SDGOP Chairman

P House Resolution 7002 was signed by the Speaker of the House this week to formally invite President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to the great state of South Dakota for the 4th of July fireworks celebration at Mount Rushmore.


Senate Local Government Committee Hears Senate Bill 90 By Claire Rydberg, Legislative Communications Coordinator

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enate Bill 90 is a bill that will revise the distribution of motor fuel tax revenue, create a small structure and large culvert fund, provide for the use and administration of the fund, and to make an appropriation thereof. Senator Brock Greenfield is the prime sponsor of this bill. The bill covers and revises three things. Those are Monthly adjustment to motor fuel tax fund balance, Small structure and large culvert fund—Continuous appropriation--Distribution to counties and townships, and Small structures--Placement or replacement--Expense. The bills main purpose is to revise the distribution of motor fuel tax revenue. The bill would use the revenue to go towards many different things such as the Parks and Recreation Fund. It would transfer an amount equal to the product of multiplying the number of licensed motorized boats as of the previous December thirty-first, times one hundred forty gallons, times the rate of tax provided for motor fuels under this chapter. The small structure and large culvert funds would provide continuous appropriation and distribution to counties and townships in South Dakota. The bill states that “Each county shall distribute the amount received under this section proportionally among the county and each organized

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township in the county based on the number of small structures and culverts on the county secondary highway system and on each township highway system.” The third section of the bill states that “If a township board of supervisors or a county highway superintendent on behalf of an unorganized township requests the board of county commissioners to construct or replace in its entirety any bridge small structure or the placing or replacing of any culvert with an opening of sixteen square feet or more including material upon the secondary roads within the township, the board of county commissioners shall work with the requesting board or the county highway superintendent requesting on behalf of an unorganized township to establish priorities for the construction or replacement of any small structure or the placing or replacing of any culvert with an opening of sixteen square feet or more. The board shall allocate funds received from the small structure and large culvert fund to the requesting township or to the county highway superintendent if requesting on behalf of an unorganized township.” This bill is an important bill that revises the distribution of motor fuel tax revenue in the state. The Bill passed in the Senate Local Government Committee 3-4. It will next be heard on the Senate floor at a date to be decided. 


Republicans Take Over State Capitol for a Day! By Claire Rydberg, Legislative Communications Coordinator

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ast Friday was Republican day at the South Dakota State Capitol, as Republicans from across the state arrived in Pierre for a day of activities, and they just kept coming! The fun day started off with donuts and coffee down in the dining hall. Many state central committee members came up for the event. We were joined on the Capitol steps for a picture with many elected officials, Senators, Representatives, College Republicans, Teenage Republicans, and Lt. Governor Larry Rhoden. The day followed with lunch.  United States Senator Mike Rounds joined the group and addressed the gathered GOP faithful. And the good news is out, his wife and former first lady Jean Rounds is nearing the completion of her cancer treatment.

Prayers go out to her and their family. Republicans who traveled to Pierre then went onto join the Senate in the gallery and were heard and recognized. We were also honored and recognized in the House. The day ended with a Legislative and Constitutional Officer Reception at the American inn in Fort Pierre.  The next morning we had the State Central Committee meeting where SDGOP Chair Dan Lederman discussed the accomplishments of the SDGOP team, and stressed that “it’s not an individual but a whole, not a solo act but a group project.”  The SDGOP team has achieved and accomplished so much by working together! Our State Central Committee is proud of the great work and success that we have had over the past three years. It was a fun and successful weekend!  February 13, 2020 Legislative Session: Week Five


Senate State Affairs Hears Senate Bill 155

By Claire Rydberg, Legislative Communications Coordinator

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enate Bill 155 is a bill to provide for step therapy protocol regarding certain prescription drugs. Step therapy means trying less expensive options before “stepping up” to drugs that cost more. The bill proposes to reform how step therapy is implemented. Senate Bill 155 would help patients and doctors to decide the best ways of treatment, not insurers. The prime sponsor is Senate Majority leader Sen. Kris Langer. Today Senator Langer testified in front of the Senate State Affairs Committee and discussed why it is important that we pass Senate Bill 155 to help improve the application of step therapy. Another proponent, Kristen Stiffler, the National Psoriasis Foundation State Government relations manager said, “Having a clear process for doctors and patients to request an exception to a step therapy protocol will ensure that the doctor-patient relationship remains at the core of how medicine is practiced and that will allow patients to access the right medication in a timely fashion.” The committee passed the bill 8-0. The bill is now headed to the senate floor, where proponents are hopeful that the Senate will pass the bill unanimously.

going to be heading to the Senate even though it doesn’t include all of Governor Noem’s guardrails. The only problem remaining to be resolved with the bill as written is funding, which will need to be determined before lawmakers submit an application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture if this bill becomes a law. House Majority leader and co-prime sponsor, Lee Qualm, said on the House floor Tuesday that lawmakers are working diligently to figure out the funding. Recently the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe was one of the first in the country to be approved by the USDA for the production of Industrial Hemp. South Dakota is one of three states left along with Idaho and Mississippi to legalize industrial hemp.

Get to Know...Hattie Shaffer

Hattie Shaffer is a senior in Pierre. This is her first year as a page. Her sponsor is Senator Jeff Monroe. She is going to attend South Dakota State University and study Human Biology. She plans to be a doctor. When asked what her favorite part about paging is she said, “All the friends that I’ve made and I get to see how my government textbook plays out in real life.”

Hemp Measure Passes House of Representatives

By Claire Rydberg, Legislative Communications Coordinator

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n Tuesday the South Dakota House passed House Bill 1008, which sets up guidelines for the production and processing of industrial hemp in South Dakota. The final vote outcome was 54-12, with four house members were excused.   Last year there was a similar bill that was passed through the Senate and the House and was sent to Governor Noem’s desk. Governor Noem vetoed 2019’s House Bill 1191, with the Senate failing to override the veto.   To move the issue forward, Governor Noem set up what she calls guard rails that are related to the legalization of industrial hemp. With passage in the House, the bill is

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The Majority Report: Issue Five  

South Dakota Republican Party Weekly Legislative Update for February 13, 2020, Legislative Session: Week Five

The Majority Report: Issue Five  

South Dakota Republican Party Weekly Legislative Update for February 13, 2020, Legislative Session: Week Five

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