A new year means a new legislative session in South Dakota and the Capitol is busy with newly elected officials. AARP SD advocates are in Pierre making sure your new representatives are up-to-date on the issues that matter most to you.
On the heels of her inauguration last weekend, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem kicked off the 2019 legislative session with her first State of the State address on Tuesday.
Though not specifically addressed in her speech, we look forward to working with Governor Noem on important issues related to membership, including funding for healthcare and community support providers and nursing home closures.
Governor Noem’s address was followed by the State of the Judiciary address on Wednesday and the State of the Tribes address on Thursday.
The South Dakota constitution required former Governor Daugaard to give a budget address in early December. During that speech, he made a number of proposals, including a 2.3% funding increase for education, healthcare providers and state workers. Governor Noem has until January 23rd to deliver her budget to the legislature. She will likely incorporate some of the initiatives put forth by the Daugaard administration for FY 2020 but she’ll also propose a budget that is consistent with her vision for state government.
As we move forward with the 2019 legislative session, AARP South Dakota will be working on the following issues/bills:
Erik Nelson, AARP SD’s Director of Advocacy, will be in Pierre throughout the 2019 legislative session and we invite you to reach out to him with any comments or questions. His contact information is below:
You can also check back here each week for updates on any issue that may affect South Dakota’s 50+ population. Or – have our update delivered to your email inbox each week by emailing email@example.com and asking to be added to our legislative advocate email list.
This story is provided by AARP South Dakota. Visit the AARP South Dakota page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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