The halls of the capitol were pretty quiet when I left Thursday night. Even the streets in Pierre were empty. I said good-by and thank you earlier Thursday evening to Paityn DeBoer and Sydney Breens who paged for us the last week of session. Thank you girls for all the work you accomplished in one week! Session can become hectic and emotional the last week as conference committees hammer out final details.
I think the state of South Dakota will be better for some of the decisions made in 2020. Two percent was “found” for education, state employees, and support providers. Victims’ rights were strengthened, bridges in our counties will be offered grant money to help address cost of replacing outdated structures and mental health issues were addressed. Support for drug and alcohol treatment received support as well.
Industrial hemp was legalized along with additional law enforcement. Hemp transportation will be a key to marketing the product.
HB 1175 was a bill I introduced and passed with strong support. The bill defines dyslexia and adds it into code. Dyslexia awareness will follow in the near future and I believe the definition along with awareness will help students, parents, and teachers.
Thank you for your past support!