Legislative Update with Jay Kruse
by Jay Kruse
Chief Advocacy Officer

Good Morning!

The 95th South Dakota Legislative Session officially kicks off today with Governor Noem’s State of the State address taking place at 12 noon (CST). The SOS address, along with standing committee meetings and daily legislative session in each chamber are webcast live at SD.net and archived for later access on the Legislature’s home page (www.sdlegislature.gov). This year’s session is scheduled to last 37 legislative days, officially concluding on March 30th.

Below are the deadlines for legislative action on bills:

  • Feb. 6 – Final day for introduction of individual bills and joint resolutions;
  • Feb. 7 – Final day for introduction of committee bills and joint resolutions;
  • Feb. 26 – Last day for a committee to move a bill or resolution to the house of origin;
  • Feb. 27 – Last day for a bill or joint resolution to pass the house of origin;
  • Mar. 5 – Last day for a committee to move a bill or resolution to the second house;
  • Mar. 9 – Last day for a bill or joint resolution to pass both houses;
  • Mar. 30 – Final day of a legislative session; reserved for consideration of vetoes.

We are excited for another busy session similar to 2019 in which 584 bills, commemorations, and resolutions were introduced. So, have no fear, your Association has you covered! I will be on the ground in Pierre throughout the session looking out for all our credit unions’ best interests by keeping an eye on all types of legislation that could have an effect on South Dakota credit unions and their (more than) 290,000 members.

Time to Sign Up: South Dakota Legislative Credit Union Day!

With the session underway, it’s also time to sign up for our annual South Dakota Legislative Credit Union Day in Pierre on January 29th. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to talk face-to-face with your state elected officials. As always, this event is free, but we ask that you register in advance so we can plan accordingly. Registration and complete agenda for the day can be found here.

The SD GAC will also have meetings in Pierre that day, along with a planned “Hike the Hill” for the afternoon session. The leadership roundtable will be held at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center following the HTH, and it’s open to anyone. We already have several discussion points for our dialogue, and there’s still time to provide a topic for this leadership forum. Just send your discussion ideas to Debbie Kruckenberg as soon as possible. The CUAD team will use this opportunity to provide updates on our federal advocacy agenda; regulatory and compliance matters; strategic services and member resources; Health Care Trust; CUNA Awareness Initiative; Foundation update; and upcoming 2020 Education opportunities.

If you have questions, concerns, or feedback regarding these or any other advocacy issues, please do not hesitate to contact me. Have a great week!


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