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South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds Responds
H.R 550 Immunization Infrastructure and Modernization Act

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2021.

On January 28, 2021, Representative Ann Kuster (D-NH) introduced H.R. 550, the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2021. This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take actions to improve data sharing and other aspects of immunization information systems utilized by state and local public health departments. H.R. 550 would also require HHS to develop a strategy and plan to update these systems, designate data and technology standards for use in these systems and award grants to health departments and other government agencies to improve their systems.

After reviewing language in the bill, it is my understanding that this legislation maintains standards of individual confidentiality. However, I understand citizens’ valid concerns about their privacy rights and government overreach of data collection.

As you may know, this legislation passed the House of Representatives on November 30, 2021 and is currently pending before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, on which I do not serve. Should the full Senate vote on H.R. 550 in the 117th Congress, I will keep your thoughts in mind.

Again, thank you for contacting me. Hearing from you and other South Dakotans is important to me. mike@rounds.senate.gov

Sincerely,

Mike Rounds United States Senator


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-02-18 13:20:40Last Update: 2022-02-18 13:30:51

    


Steve Haugaard Introduces Legislation To Amend the State Constitution to Include Life Begins at Conception
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2022

Contact: Steve Haugaard Info@SteveHaugaard.com

STEVE HAUGAARD INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO AMEND STATE CONSTITUTION TO INCLUDE LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION

Sioux Falls, SD -- State Representative Steve Haugaard introduced House Joint Resolution 5003 to amend Article VI of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota to read:

“§ 30. Human being— Definition. The term, human being, means each member of the species homo sapiens, at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization or cloning, or other moment at which a member of the species comes into being.”

“The legislation that I've introduced will make it clear in state law that human beings come into existence at conception.”

“I believe like the founders of America, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

“Our founding documents and our heritage are constant reminders that we owe a duty of respect to our fellow man."

“And that duty includes acknowledging that the right to life exists from conception to the moment of natural death.”

Steve Haugaard is the state representative for House District 10 and former Speaker of the House. He is running to replace Kristi Noem as governor of the great state of South Dakota. More about Steve can be found at his website, www.stevehaugaard.com.

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Post Date: 2022-02-18 12:42:40Last Update: 2022-03-03 14:24:39

    


Are Parental Rights’ Really Under Attack in South Dakota?
Rep. Erin Healy Says Teachers Just Want To Teach Moral Responsibility. 10 minute read

February 17, 2022- Last week the House heard several bills that aimed at preventing political pedagogy in public education, while increasing parental involvement and transparency in curriculum. Each bill faced heavy opposition, some of which might have originated from outside of South Dakota.

Currently in the State of South Dakota, each district is responsible for creating their own curriculum, which varies widely from one district to another. Sponsored by the Co-Chair of the House Education Committee, Rep. Sue Peterson(R-Sioux Falls), House Bill 1310 would have created a requirement for schools to make their curriculum available to parents for review.

Peterson
opened the bill's testimony with a quote from researchers at the University of Wisconsin Madison, stating "a consistent body of research concludes that parents are the first and foremost influence on their children's development and school success. When parents are involved, students get better grades and score higher on standardized tests. What's more, students of involved parents have better attendance records, drop out less often, have higher aspirations and more positive attitudes towards school and homework."

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Michael Johnson is the father of two boys that currently attend Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls. Johnson testified in support of HB 1310 sharing a copy of a "privilege test" (top photo) with the committee, administered to his youngest son at LHS. Johnson stated that when he contacted the school to ask about the test, he was told by one of LHS's three principals that the teacher "went rogue and would be dealt with," but Johnson contends that discipline never took place to his knowledge. Instead Johnson stated that similar tests were given out on two other occasions throughout the school year. "My son texted me in the middle of class asking if he had to take the test again, I told him to go sit and wait in the principal's office."

Johnson went on to testify that his eldest son, also enrolled at LHS, was made to watch CNN in class, and later given an assignment to write about "why President Donald Trump was bad, and why he had several privileges." Johnson says that his son's teacher introduced herself to the class as a lesbian liberal, "I don't understand why this is being disclosed to kids" said Johnson. "My son felt like the class was more of a political class than an English class. "When I asked the teacher why my son had to watch CNN, I was told they were covering current events." Johnson says the schools aren't teaching his values, and after going through the proper channels felt he was given the runaround, without the chance to speak or be heard. Chip Sundberg is the superintendent of the Gettysburg school district, as well as the Gettysburg elementary school principal. He’s also listed on the district website as the special education coordinator, the nursing supervisor, the foster care contact, the curriculum coordinator, and more.

Having testified in opposition to HB 1310, Sundberg stated that he was stunned at Johnson's testimony.

"I'm stunned at what I've heard. "Transparency is obviously a key aspect," Sundberg testified, before giving a confusing, if not highly contradictory statement on record.

"Teachers are required to have their lesson plans online and available to parents, and parents are invited to the schools to be on committees when curriculum is adopted. "Our libraries are open and parents can review books at any time." Sundberg continued, "but the onerous of putting everything online? "That takes resources that could be put into hiring staff, just from my perspective none of this is happening in my schools."

The Dakota Leader reviewed the content available on the Gettysburg district website,
as cited by Mr Sundberg. All links referencing curriculum or a lesson plan, redirect to the South Dakota Department of Education's website, where it appears up until last year course curriculum outlines and requirements were posted for parental review. However, it now states "Process suspended; this section of this page is no longer being updated." It's unclear why the process has been suspended, but two press releases are linked from Governor Noem's office regarding the delay of new Social Studies standards. Relating to course outlines however, it would appear that families had more access to curriculum until recently.

William Pogany of the Associated school boards also testified against the bill,
parroting thirty year old talking points from George Will of the Baltimore Sun. Pogany claimed that the bill created a vulnerability for lawsuits, and sent the wrong message to teachers. "A yes vote says we want to make your life more difficult, a No vote says we thank you and we support you." Pogany pointed to Johnson's testimony as "the process", adding "the parent went to the school board, and that's the process, adhere to the process," concluded Pogany.

But Rep. Sue Peterson was quick to point out the process isn't working, and parents don't feel heard. Peterson also testified that she had received a large quantity of opponent emails prior to the hearing on HB 1310, both from out of state and from school email addresses.

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The Dakota Leader sent a request to other members of the House Committee on Education, to collaborate Peterson's testimony regarding receipt of opposition testimony originating from outside of South Dakota.

Rep. Fred Deutsch (R-Watertown) responded stating, "I've not counted, but many have not signed with a name or address. Don't know how many."

It's possible that people were unaware that they needed to disclose their name and address. It's also possible that a national organization, like the American School Board Association e.g, placed a call to action, with a link to email representatives on the House Education Committee. Both possibilities are purely speculation at this point.

Rep. Erin Healy(D-Sioux Falls) is the daughter of two teachers in the Sioux Falls school district. While opposing House Bill 1337, the Governor's bill related to indoctrination, Healy insisted that teachers aren't trying to indoctrinate students, they just want to teach moral responsibility, and should have the opportunity to be honest about racial injustices so students can think critically.

"Well K-12 teachers aren’t teaching critical race theory, they're not indoctrinating our students, and they aren’t trying to blame white people living today for what happened in the past. "They’re not trying to group people together, and create an us v them debate. "Teachers aren’t trying to shame any students, they just want to teach moral responsibility, on how something today like racism still impacts our lives today. "They want to be able to address questions from students about why minorities are more likely to face disparities. "Teachers should have the opportunity to be honest about racial injustices so that students can learn to think critically about our problematic past and how it has shaped society today. "It’s important to have these conversations about disparities, and the fact that they still exist because these conversations are what need to happen in order to determine solutions that will lead to better outcomes for all individuals."

According to eight time best-selling feminist author and prior Clinton era advisor, the sentiment expressed by Rep. Healy is at the heart of the parental rights issue. "I am a feminist, I don't believe in sexism, but I want to be the one to teach that ideology to my kids." "My daughter came home from school once and she had a book saying that girls are unequal, girls are treated unequally, girls are told they can never be what they want to be." "The way they were teaching it was a blow to her confidence. That is not the role of the school to tell my daughter that she will always be less than in a systematically discriminatory environment. I don't want that burden on her psychologically, that's not my version of feminism," Dr Wolf shared in a recent interview with Susanne Gallagher of Parent's Rights in Education. According to The New Republic, today's parental rights debate ultimately boils down to who has the right to raise children, the "liberal bureaucratic state" or the familial unit.

HB 1310 was tabled, meaning the bill is done for this legislative session and will not be passed. It's unclear at this time if the bill will come up again next session. HB 1337 has passed the House, and received its first reading in the Senate on February 15, 2022.

Editor's Note- A representative for the Sioux Falls school district testified that the Privilege Test had prompted an investigation, and was dealt with verbally. However, The Dakota Leader did an exhaustive search of the Sioux Falls school board meeting minutes, and state ethics complaints. Nothing matched search results regarding disciplinary action due to an unauthorized privilege test. The Dakota Leader also reached out to the school district, and was promised a phone call back. Five days after the initial phone call, and at time of publication, The Dakota Leader has yet to hear back from the Sioux Falls school district. A follow-up article will be provided, should the Sioux Falls school district respond.



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Post Date: 2022-02-15 18:44:58Last Update: 2022-04-21 20:55:41

    


Noem Signs Bills
One permits certain municipalities to elect aldermen at large

Governor Kristi Noem has signed nine bills into law: Governor Noem has signed 40 bills into law and vetoed one this legislative session.


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-02-15 18:07:59Last Update: 2022-02-22 11:19:14

    


The Dakota Leader Partners With GETTR
02/15/2022 Alt News Meets Alt Social Media

The Dakota Leader has partnered with social media giant GETTR. GETTR is a growing social media alternative to the censorship of Twitter, with identical functionality and over 2.5 million users. Today, the GETTR tech team has added The Dakota Leader to their list of trusted new sites, allowing for a more streamlined reader experience. The Dakota Leader is also excited to share that through the verified GETTR function, readers will now have access to live reporting, and video news reports. Not bad for having launched four short days ago. Follow us on GETTR @DakotaLeader or by clicking this LINK....

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Post Date: 2022-02-15 12:45:39Last Update: 2022-02-15 14:40:26

    


SD Senate Pro-Tem Lee Schoenbeck Challenged To Debate Mark Levin Live on Air
"We’ll See Who Has Rocks in Their Head"

Mark Meckler- "Unfortunately we had a couple of guys who call themselves conservative, who call themselves leaders, who call themselves republicans, essentially hijack the process."

"One is Lee Schoenbeck, and he tried to kill it in committee, uh he failed on that, we smoked it out of committee, and then on the floor he led the rebellion against us. He's been on the radio since Mark and one of the things that was so astounding is that his claim is 'if you support Convention of States, you must have rocks in your head', this is how bright this guy is. So Lee Schoenbeck is one of them, the other one is David Johnson out of Rapid City, and the way he turned a couple of guys was he threatened to hijack the Senate floor with a bunch of political theater if his fellow senators voted in favor of moving the resolution forward..."





Mark Meckler- "Unfortunately we had a couple of guys who call themselves conservative, who call themselves leaders, who call themselves republicans, essentially hijack the process. "One is Lee Schoenbeck, and he tried to kill it in committee, uh he failed on that, we smoked it out of committee, and then on the floor he led the rebellion against us. He's been on the radio since Mark and one of the things that was so astounding is that his claim is 'if you support Convention of States, you must have rocks in your head', this is how bright this guy is. So Lee Schoenbeck is one of them, the other one is David Johnson out of Rapid City, and the way he turned a couple of guys was he threatened to hijack the Senate floor with a bunch of political theater if his fellow senators voted in favor of moving the resolution forward"...

Mark Levin- "Sounds like a McConnell guy."

Mark Meckler- " Ya, if it wasn't for these guys and a couple John Birch Society acolytes, it would have passed." "Now I wouldn't necessarily say they're working for the left, but they are certainly making common cause with the radical left. When you have groups like CodePink, and Move On, and Planned Parenthood that take the exact same position as the Senate pro-tem Lee Schoenbeck, and the exact same position as David Johnson, these are just bad guys."

Mark Levin- "Okay let me do this, I challenge Mr Schoenbeck, if you want to debate me on this subject, call into the program like any other citizen and I'd be happy to debate you on this subject, we'll see who has rocks in their heads, really."

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Post Date: 2022-02-15 10:13:46Last Update: 2022-04-21 20:55:07

    


OPINION- Why Deny That Ivermectin Works?
Are We Trying To Stop A Public Health Emergency, Or Not?

Why do Kristi Noem, John Thune, Dusty Johnson, and Mike Rounds all deny that ivermectin works against Covid 19? Why does Keloland and the Argus Leader refuse to tell the truth about ivermectin? These are questions I have had since June and have fought in my head for well over 6 months. I have watched friends get admitted to the hospital, given the protocol of Remdesivir and then put on a ventilator. It's the same story, their organs shut down, they get put on a ventilator which blows out their lungs. The results have not been good. I have seen this happen multiple times, and it's infuriating knowing that better options exist, and are currently being withheld while people die.

In the middle of July 2021, I went to an event where they told the crowd about ivermectin. It was the Arise USA tour, featuring great American patriots, boldly telling the truth about the state of our Nation. I had heard of ivermectin, but of course had never taken it. One of the speakers was Doctor Bradley Meyer from Okoboji, Iowa.
Dr Meyer shared his story of being fired after giving out ivermectin to his sick patients, and seeing 100 percent recovery rates.

After hearing this and reading several other testimonies from friends, I began emailing the video of Dr Steele to Kristi Noem, John Thune, Dusty Johnson, Mike Rounds, Keloland, and the Argus Leader hoping someone would bring attention the medication, and help save lives. We were in this so called "Pandemic" and here was an early treatment option showing remarkable results. The silence defied logic, as did the response I received from Rounds, Johnson, and Thune, telling me to just get vaccinated. Kristi Noem's office completely failed to respond all together. As a reminder, these people are elected by us, paid by us, and work for us.

Not long after this time-frame, I came down with COVID-19. I lost my sense of taste and smell, but otherwise experienced very mild symptoms. At first, I thought this would be an easy virus to beat, and then day 7 happened. On the seventh day of fighting COVID-19, my breathing became labored and eventually got to the point where walking was difficult. Next I began to really struggle for air, but decided against going to the hospital, knowing the vent and Remdesivir protocol was killing people.

Now, as many are aware, there is an ivermectin paste created for farm animals, and it is true that the paste is not weighted for human consumption. It is also true that taking the animal paste version can be dangerous to the liver, as the paste is lipid soluble and much stronger then the pills. However, conflating the two very different, very separate types of medication in order to perpetuate a narrative, and deny an alternative to expensive pharmaceutical drugs, is more dangerous, in my opinion. Luckily, I was blessed to be in touch with a great group of people, who helped me to get my hands on the human pill form of ivermectin.

I was already taking Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc. When I started taking the ivermectin tablets, it was like the missing piece of the puzzle. I remember taking my first dose of ivermectin at 2 pm and by 4 pm my appetite had returned, and I could breathe again. It was an awakening for me. I was just in amazement of how quickly it worked. I went on to take the recommended dosage, and by day four I was completely back to normal. I had no side effects from the ivermectin, and now I'm blessed to have natural immunity, thanks to this wonderful medication.

This all brings me to House Bill 1267, which will be heard on the house floor next week. Lets get real, what is going on? Why would we suppress an effective tool in our ongoing battle against COVID-19? What is the real reason behind the suppression of this medication? We the people deserve the truth!

This is my personal experience with ivermectin. I have many questions as to why this medication, and others like it, are being suppressed? Nobody needs to die from or with COVID-19. Withholding viable and early treatment options is a crime against humanity, but thanks to Rep Phil Jensen, South Dakota has a chance to, at least, make ivermectin more broadly available. South Dakota is a state filled with intelligent and aware individuals, who have come through hard times before. I pray we are able to stand up for our providers and give them another tool in their bag, so we may get through this difficult time as well. To learn more about the efficacy of treating COVID-19 early with ivermectin, visit the
FLCCC website, and to review the aggregate meta data for recovery rates, please visit www.c19early.com.

Lastly- Now is the time to elect a leadership that's willing to sacrifice their own personal comfort, in order to safeguard the liberty and financial security of those they serve. Furthermore, it's time that we have leadership who serves us, and not special interests.

God bless the USA!


--Mike Mathis

Post Date: 2022-02-14 09:54:17Last Update: 2022-04-21 20:54:47

    


South Dakotans Could Pay Heavily For Biden’s Day Care Funding
Federal Dollars Jeopardize State Policy

  • 30 million dollars of federal funding sent to state day care centers last week.
  • Cost of day care will most likely increase soon, needy families hit hardest.
  • Strings attached to federal funds, compromise legislative efforts.

    Last week, the first 30 million dollars from Biden's American Rescue Plan Act, went out to South Dakota state licensed day care facilities, with another 30 million to follow by the end of February. However, that money was disbursed with some pretty big strings attached, and zero legislative oversight. Tensions have arisen between the executive branch and the legislature in relation to how the 100 million dollars of ARPA funding shall be appropriated, and which branch has the authority to do so.

    Joe Sneve of the
    Argus Leader initially broke the story on February 9, 2022, two days after the joint appropriations hearing on House Bill 1333. As Sneve states "To expedite the budget process for the daycare grants, the House had scheduled a hearing to consider formal authorization for ARPA funds specific to daycare relief Thursday. However, that bill, House Bill 1333, now appears to be moot."

    HB 1333 had contentious opposition, especially from day care providers who sources say, had been told their money was being held up by the legislature. During that opponent testimony, committee members asked day care providers what they intended to use the one-time funds for. The consensus testified they planned to use the funds for payroll increases, bonuses, and workforce challenges. As Sen. Jessica Castleberry(R-Rapid City) pointed out in her own testimony, "we've heard examples from day care providers of how they're planning to use the spending- raises, bonuses, all of which are unsustainable, if that is how they choose to spend the money. "Ultimately causing higher costs for families, which could create more of a crisis for those in need."

    Once allocated, the one-time federal grant can be used for almost anything. However, the guidance issued from the treasury specifies that states must issue the stabilization block grants to state licensed day care facilities. In order to streamline the application process, Gov. Kristi Noem has hired
    Guidehouse Consulting. The Chicago based private consulting firm specializes in navigating public-private partnerships, and integrating federal dollars into state budgets.

    Guidehouse created an online portal to help the state process ARPA applications. In January, Jerry Meyer of Guidehouse hosted a
    live zoom webinar, currently available on the DSS website, showing day care providers how to apply for the federal funds. The webinar and a corresponding FAQ sheet can be found on the South Dakota Department of Social Services website. As clearly indentified in both the webinar and the FAQ sheet, day care providers who accept the federal money will be required to follow the CDC guidelines, and abide by the federal rules and definitions.

    "17. What is required of eligible child care providers who accept these funds? Eligible providers must certify in their application to:
  • being open and serving children during the grant periods
  • implementing policies, when open and providing services, that are in line with guidance and orders from corresponding state and local authorities and, to the greatest extent possible, implementing policies in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html)..."-DSS FAQ

    According to CDC framework for early learning, the CDC recommends universal indoor masking of children two years old and up, and recommends that providers be up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines. The guidelines are clearly counter to the state of South Dakota's policies on vaccines and masking, which Gov. Kristi Noem has faced both criticism and acclaim for. In addition, sources say the CDC could change their guidelines after the funds have been allocated to day care facilities. As cited in the requirements for funding acceptance, facilities would still be contractually obligated to comply with the terms, or potentially face repaying the grants. As such, these guidelines and recommendations could effectively bypass South Dakota statute and laws. As of now, it is unclear how the federal recommendations might impact state policy.

    "27. Under any circumstances, will I have to pay these funds back? These funds do not constitute a loan, and child care providers who comply with funding requirements will not be required to pay them back. However, funding recipients found to have violated the terms of the application process, certifications, or any provisions of the beneficiary agreement may have prior payments recouped, future payments discontinued, and/or be referred to the Office of Inspector General for additional action."-DSS FAQ

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    The current power struggle essentially boils down to the authority and oversight of the budget, and the ability to impact policy. As Rep Steve Haugaard(R-Dell Rapids) put it, "The simple act of accepting these federal dollars expands our government, and impacts policy."

    Now that HB 1333 is all but a moot point, the legislature is no longer capable of weighing in, or protecting the people of South Dakota from what comes next...higher costs, more restrictions, and less oversight. Perhaps some will consider South Dakota first, and reconsider future funding from the federal government.



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    Post Date: 2022-02-11 13:46:27Last Update: 2022-04-21 20:54:13

        


  • South Dakota ACLU Provides Sample Questions To Ask During Legislative Coffee Chats
    Leaving Some to Wonder if The ACLU Has Changed Its Position on Vaccine Passports?

    The South Dakota ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) has provided a list of sample questions for constituents to ask of lawmakers during the Legislative Session's Coffee Chat Schedule.

    "The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees."- From the ACLU website.

    Editor's Note- Since 1998 the ACLU has spent $43,174,056 on lobbying efforts, according to
    Open Secrets, the ACLU is considered "Liberal", rather than "Non-Partisan", and funds Democrats nearly 100 percent of the time. Recently, Ira Glasser, the former ACLU leader bemoaned the group for changing its guidelines to limit the rights it fights to uphold. In 2021 the ACLU took a stand against vaccine passports, and mandatory vaccination. During the 2022 South Dakota Legislative session, multiple bills have been introduced to ban vaccine passports. However, the following list of questions, suggested by the SDACLU, noticeably omits any reference to these bills.

    Sample Questions-

    "Anti-trans Legislation Related Questions

    "How do you as an elected official plan to protect the well-being of your transgender constituents when they are targeted by anti-trans bills every single year? How many transgender people, or families with transgender kids who are targeted by anti-trans bills have you spoken with? A couple of weeks ago the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Mark Miller, compared the need for legislation banning trans girls from playing sports on the girl’s team to the need to prevent terrorism. Are you concerned that this type of legislation is inspiring comments like that, which cast your transgender constituents as people to be feared?

    "Classroom Censorship Related Questions

    "House Bill 1012 and House Bill 1337 are designed to limit what teachers can say about our country’s history. If they became law, how would teachers be able to teach our country and state’s honest and robust history and create an inclusive environment for all students? How many Black, Indigenous, and other students of color have you spoken with about House Bill 1012 and House Bill 1337 – bills that would limit what they can be taught about American history and systemic racism? Do you believe the ability to discuss and debate ideas, even those that some may find uncomfortable, is a crucial part of our democracy? If so, where do you stand on House Bill 1012 and House Bill 1337?

    "Reproductive Freedom Related Questions

    "We hear a lot about the need for personal freedom in South Dakota, but we continue to see bills like House Bill 1208, 1318, and 1326 which aim to severely restrict or entirely remove a pregnant person’s freedom to choose what their future and family looks like. How do you reconcile these two ideas?

    "Studies show that people who are denied an abortion are more likely to experience subsequent poverty, to have insufficient funds to pay for basic living expenses, to have poorer health, and are more likely to be in violent romantic relationships. With these stats in consideration, do you support anti-abortion bills like House Bill 1208, 1318, and 1326?"
    --Staff Reports

    Post Date: 2022-02-10 20:14:19Last Update: 2022-02-11 13:46:27

        


    2022 Legislative Session’s Coffee Chat Schedule
    Hungry For Answers? Thirsting For Knowledge?

    Legislative Cracker Barrel - Rapid City area (District 32, 34, and 35) Saturday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. MT Western Dakota Tech 800 Mickelson Dr., Rapid City, SD 57703 Virtual option for participation.

    Legislative Coffee - Huron area Saturday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. CT Fine Arts Center on the Huron Community Campus 939 Ohio Ave. SW, Huron, SD 57350

    Legislative Coffee - Vermillion area Saturday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. CT Vermillion City Hall 25 Center St., Vermillion, SD 57069

    Legislative Coffee - Madison area Saturday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. CT Online, via the Greater Madison Area's Chamber of Commerce Live on Facebook

    Legislative Coffee - Brookings area (District 4 and 7) Saturday, Feb. 12 at 9:30 a.m. CT City/County Government Center, 3rd Floor Chambers 520 3rd St., Brookings, SD 57006

    Legislative Coffee - Sioux Falls area (Districts 9, 13, and 14) Saturday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. CT Southeast Technical College 2320 N. Career Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57107

    Legislative Cracker Barrel - Aberdeen area (Districts 1, 2, 3, and 23) Saturday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. CT Kessler’s Champions Club in the Barnett Center on the campus of Northern State University 1200 S. Jay St., Aberdeen, SD 57401 Listen live with the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce Want to submit questions ahead of time at the Aberdeen area Legislative Cracker Barrel? Text yours to 605-216-2045.

    Legislative Coffee - Yankton area (District 18) Saturday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. CT City Commission Room at the CMTEA Building 1200 W. 21st St., Yankton, SD 57078.

    Legislative Coffee - Pierre area (District 24) Saturday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. CT Chamber of Commerce Community Room 800 W. Dakota Ave., Pierre, SD 57501 If you would like to submit your question to srankin@pierre.org ahead of time. They will make sure to get your query to the facilitators.

    Legislative Cracker Barrel - Highmore area Saturday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. CT East Wing of the Hyde County Auditorium 125 2nd St, Highmore, SD 57345

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    Legislative Cracker Barrel - Deadwood area Saturday, Feb. 19 at 9 a.m. MT Location, TBD More information to come.

    Legislative Coffee - Redfield area Monday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. CT C&NW Historic Railroad Depot 715 W 3rd St, Redfield, SD 57469

    Legislative Coffee - Rapid City area (District 33, 34, and 35) Saturday, Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. MT Western Dakota Tech 800 Mickelson Dr., Rapid City, SD 57703 Virtual option for participation.

    Legislative Coffee - Huron area Saturday, Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. CT Fine Arts Center on the Huron Community Campus 939 Ohio Ave. SW, Huron, SD 57350

    Legislative Coffee - Vermillion area Saturday, Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. CT Vermillion City Hall 25 Center St., Vermillion, SD 57069

    Legislative Coffee - Brookings area (District 7) Saturday, Feb. 26 at 9:30 a.m. CT City/County Government Center, 3rd Floor Chambers 520 3rd St., Brookings, SD 57006

    Legislative Cracker Barrel - Newell area Saturday, Feb. 26 at 9:30 a.m. CT Newell City Hall 108 3rd St. Newell, SD 57760

    Legislative Coffee - Sioux Falls area (Districts 10, 12, and 25) Saturday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. CT Southeast Technical College 2320 N. Career Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57107

    Legislative Coffee - Bell Fourche area Saturday, Feb. 26 at 12 p.m. MT Location, TBD More information to come.

    Legislative Coffee - Rapid City area (District 30, 32, 33, and 35) Saturday, Mar. 5 at 9 a.m. MT Western Dakota Tech 800 Mickelson Dr., Rapid City, SD 57703 Virtual option for participation.

    Legislative Cracker Barrel - Sturgis area Saturday, Mar. 5 at 9 a.m. MT Meade County Erksine Building 1300 Sherman St Sturgis, SD 57785

    Cracker Barrel - Aberdeen area (Districts 1, 2, 3, and 23) Saturday, Mar. 5 at 10 a.m. CT Kessler’s Champions Club in the Barnett Center on the campus of Northern State University 1200 S. Jay St., Aberdeen, SD 57401 Listen live with the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce Want to submit questions ahead of time at the Aberdeen area Legislative Cracker Barrel? Text yours to 605-216-2045.

    Legislative Coffee - Yankton area (District 18) Saturday, Mar. 5 at 10 a.m. CT City Commission Room at the CMTEA Building 1200 W. 21st St., Yankton, SD 57078.

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    Post Date: 2022-02-10 19:15:19Last Update: 2022-02-11 08:48:15

        


    Convention of States Dies... Again
    John Birch Society Cited

    Regardless of being a proponent for, “Make America Great Again”, or a proponent for, “Build Back Better” there appears to be a bipartisan agreement that things need to be fixed within the federal government.

    Enter the call for a Convention of States (COS). Article V of the U.S. Constitution gives States the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments. It takes 34 states to call the convention and 38 to ratify any amendments that are proposed. With Nebraska and Wisconsin having just joined, 17 states have now signed onto a resolution, in order to convene a convention.

    Proponents in favor of using Article V say this is one way to return power to the states, and rein in the federal government. Shirlee Meier, the South Dakota state Director and grassroots coordinator for COS, has worked to get South Dakota signed onto the resolution since 2015.

    During the last legislative session, Sen. Lee Schoenbeck (R-Watertown) killed the resolution in the State Affairs Committee. South Dakota HJR 5001 gained significant traction from its original hearing last year and passed the house by a margin of 60 percent this legislative session.

    However, when it came time to hear the resolution on the Senate floor, Schoenbeck, Senate President Pro Tempore, along with Sens. David Johnson (R-Rapid City) and Brock Greenfield (R-Clark), stated the resolution had more than enough discussion on the House floor and chose not to hear it on the Senate floor.

    Opponents to the Convention of States cite fears over a “runaway convention”, a talking point propagated by John McManus, the president of the John Birch Society.

    Proponents of the resolution, including Mark Meckler and Mark Levin, state that a runaway convention is not possible under the guidelines of the constitution.

    Throughout U.S history, 230 conventions have been called on the state level, in order to amend various issues. However, a convention has never been called to amend the federal constitution.

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    “Delegates will be elected, and the agenda will be set prior to the actual convention,” Meier says, adding “it’s exactly like our legislative process, they make an agenda, they consent to the agenda, and then they vote yes or no on the agenda item. Even then, it still needs to be ratified by 38 States. A runaway convention is not really possible.”

    From the South Dakota Convention of States website — “South Dakota is a state of self-governing individuals with very strong conservative pro-life values. Many of our freedoms that we have enjoyed since the founding of this nation are being eroded away and lost from an overreaching, obtrusive, tyrannical federal government. I am asking you to join the South Dakota Grassroots army to restore the power of self-governance to the people of South Dakota. Sign the petition and encourage our state legislature to call a Convention of States to rein in our out-of-control, federal government,” Meier says.


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    Post Date: 2022-02-10 18:15:32Last Update: 2022-04-21 20:53:47

        


    Ivermectin Bill Passes Out of Committee
    Amendment Added, Clarifies Language

    House Bill 1267, a bill to make ivermectin legal for doctors to dispense in clinic, passed out of the Health and Human Services Committee today. However, proponents for the bill say a new amendment was added, that alters the bill's intent. HB 1267 had heavy opposition from the South Dakota Medical Association, lobbyists, and doctors alike. While the bill had support, it came from survivors of COVID-19, and one retired nurse. According to Rep. Fred Deutsch (R-Watertown) who co-chairs the HHS committee, "it all comes down to the credibility of those supporting or opposing the bill, and how much support the bill has.”

    According to Mya Olson of Health Freedom South Dakota, this is exactly why the bill was needed in the first place. “Doctors are afraid of speaking out, they're afraid of retribution, and they're afraid to prescribe ivermectin to their patients, even when it's indicated, Olson says. “As it was originally written, HB 1267 would have given doctors the ability to give ivermectin, in clinic as they do with monoclonal antibodies. This would have given our health care community another resource in the fight against COVID-19.”

    The amendment of concern changed the term “dispense” to “prescribe,” which is already legal in South Dakota, assuming pharmacies will fill the prescription. One comment heard during the testimony today was that "doctors do not dispense medication, pharmacies do.”

    “But what happens when the pharmacy will not dispense the prescription to the patient? What happens when doctors are too nervous to write that prescription?” Olson says. “Our organization was really excited about this bill, because we felt it helped to bridge this gap between doctors and their patients.”

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    Post Date: 2022-02-10 11:56:28Last Update: 2022-03-03 14:26:10

        


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