Legislative Update with Jay Kruse
by Jay Kruse
Chief Advocacy Officer

Good Morning!

The impeachment trial continues in the Senate this week as President Trump’s legal team makes its case for the president’s acquittal. The Democratic House managers wrapped up their final arguments late last week, which was followed by the president’s defense team’s opening arguments on Saturday. While there are some questions being raised whether there will be a call for new witnesses to testify in the trial, many are still predicting the impeachment proceedings will be wrapped up prior to the CUNA GAC taking place Feb. 23 - 27th. However, at this point in the process we can make no guarantees – but we do have our fingers crossed.

South Dakota Legislative Credit Union Day is Tomorrow!

We have a busy day planned for our annual South Dakota Legislative Credit Union Day. We will be gathering at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre, topping the day off with our Legislative Social taking place from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. This is a very important event that gives credit union professionals and legislators a chance to build a strong working relationship. It also provides a great opportunity for credit unions to let their legislators know about the good work they are doing in their local communities.

We are also sending a big “thank you” to John Schlimgen and Alloya Corporate FCU for their ongoing support of this event! Please be sure to thank John as well.

Also, be sure to keep an eye on CUAD’s Twitter and Facebook accounts tomorrow to receive some live updates on the day’s activities! It really helps to spread our message if you engage and share those posts. 


New security measures have been implemented at the South Dakota Capitol. Visitors must now enter through the north doors and will be directed into a security screening room. The South Dakota Highway Patrol Capitol Protective Services Division will be staffing the security checkpoint. The scanner will alert to cell phones, keys, and other larger metal items. There will be baskets available for these items and they will be x‐rayed along with any bags or packages you are carrying. Please allow 5-10 additional minutes to go through security.

Outdoor signage has been installed, directing visitors on what to do and informing them of what items are not allowed in the Capitol, including:

  • Bladed devices with a blade of more than 2½ inches except for traditional and ceremonial knives including Native American knives;
  • Club‐like items and striking devices;
  • Destructive devices, explosives, or combustible chemical compounds and mixtures;
  • Disabling chemicals and other dangerous items;
  • Alcohol and/or illicit drugs;
  • Any other item that might compromise the safety/security of Capitol employees and guests.

If you need more information regarding the Capitol’s security, here is a full list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) found on the SD Bureau of Administration website.

Finally, as a reminder, the GAC – another important advocacy event – is less than one month away! Be sure to check out the related article in today’s Memo for some expected highlights – and be assured, it’s not too late to register! This could be YOUR YEAR!

I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow as we meet to advocate on behalf of our members in Pierre! Have a great week, and feel free to contact me with any advocacy or legislative questions.


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