2019 South Dakota Legislative Session
Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment
Week 2 Update – January 14-17, 2019
The second week of the 94th Legislative Session started January 14th. Many bills thus far focus on regulations within pk-12 education systems. Additional areas of focus include gun purchase and licensing issues.
Children’s Day at the Capitol was held on January 15, 2019 in Pierre, South Dakota. Children’s advocacy organizations gathered to educate legislators, lobbyists and the public on issues concerning child welfare in South Dakota. Hosted by Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment, Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota, Children’s Home Society of South Dakota and Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center at Sanford, this year’s Children’s Day featured Mary Beth Holzwarth who shared her family’s story of resilience. Following the event at the Capitol building, attendees were invited to a screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope, an award-winning documentary that chronicles the science of ACEs and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress.
The 2019 Legislative Session will run 40 days (four day work weeks), ending on March 29, 2019.
As of Monday, January 21, 2019, 59 House Bills and 66 Senate Bills have been submitted for consideration. CPCM is actively tracking the following bills:
HB 1029: An Act to revise certain provisions regarding criminal background checks for adults working in child care institutions.
Sponsor: Department of Social Services
Committee Assignment: House Judiciary
HB 1029 requires all adults working in child care institutions, including group homes, residential treatment centers, intensive residential treatment centers, or shelter care facilities, to receive a criminal background check prior to the issuance of a child welfare license for the institution.
HB 1043: An Act to require the DSS to collect and report certain information regarding the military affiliation of a parent whose child is subject to a report of abuse or neglect.
Sponsor: Representative Deutsch and Senator Stalzer
Committee Assignment: House Military and Veterans Affairs
Scheduled for hearing on 1/23/19
HB 1043 requires DSS to make an effort to determine the military statues of the parent of guardian whose child is subject to the report of child abuse or neglect. If the parent or guardian is determined to be in the military, the department shall notify the military family advocacy program of the allegations.
SB 8: An Act to provide for a statewide resource information system.
Sponsors: Senator Stalzer and Representative Hunhoff, at the request of the Access to mental health Services Study Committee
Committee Assignment: Senate State Affairs
Scheduled for hearing on 1/23/19 – CPCM will support
SB 8 requires the Department of Social Services to cooperate with and support each county in the development and maintenance of a centralized resource information system. This will support the implementation of 211 across the state of South Dakota.
SB 31: An Act to revise certain provisions regarding criminal background checks for assistant behavior analysts and paraprofessionals.
Sponsors: Department of Social Services
Committee Assignment: Senate Health and Human Services
SB 31 eliminates the need for a national (FBI) criminal background check for assistant behavior analysts and paraprofessionals. These professionals will still require a criminal background check through the Division of Criminal Investigation.
The full social calendar is provided by the SD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
- January 22, 2019: SD Health Care Association – reception
- January 23, 2019: Community Support Providers of SD – social
- January 24, 2019: SD Governor’s Prayer Breakfast
- January 25, 2019: SD Counseling Associations – Day on the Hill
- February 6, 2019: SD School Age Care Alliance/ Afterschool Day at the Capitol
- February 19, 2019: Social Work Day at the Capitol
- February 20, 2019: SD Association of Youth Care Providers – social
- February 25, 2019: Early Childhood Day at the Capitol
- February 26, 2019: 25th Annual Disability Awareness Day at the Capitol
- February 26, 2019: SD Department of Tribal Relations Summit
Bills: To view a full listing of the 2019 Legislative Bills, visit the SD Legislative Research Council webpage.
Legislators: There are 70 Legislators serving in the House of Representatives and 35 Legislators serving in the Senate. You can find your Legislators on the SD Legislative Research Council webpage. A complete listing of 2019 Legislators can also be found on the SD Legislative Research Council webpage.
Committees: There are 26 total standing committees (13 in each house, divided by subject matter). The primary function of a standing committee is to consider each bill or resolution assigned to the committee and to make a specific recommendation on what action should be taken regarding the bill or resolution. Following the introduction and first reading of a bill in either house, the presiding officer assigns the bill to a committee based on the subject matter. Generally, bills dealing with certain subjects are assigned to the same committee. You can find out which committees your Legislators serve on by visiting the SD Legislative Research Council webpage.
Schedule: For an up-to-date listing of committee schedules and agendas, click HERE. The SD Chamber of Commerce and Industry provides the annual legislative handbook.