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Week 3 SD Legislative Update

Posted on 01/30/2015 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

First, thank you for a great 2015 AARP South Dakota Lobby Day. Nearly 200 AARP South Dakota members and volunteers visited the Capitol on Tuesday. With perfect weather, we had lunch with 75 legislators and a rare outdoor group picture with our Lieutenant Governor. AARP South Dakota’s presence was felt in the Capitol and our successful lobby day will certainly have a strong impact on our legislative efforts throughout the rest of the 2015 session. A key 2015 legislative priority, …

2015 SD Session has started!

Posted on 01/16/2015 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

It’s cold. It’s snowy and windy. It’s January. So that must mean the 2015 South Dakota legislative session has started. Once again, AARP South Dakota is in Pierre to work on your behalf. Governor Dennis Daugaard, fresh off re-election in November and inauguration earlier this month, kicked off the session with the annual State of the State address and here’s the topics he covered: -SD road and bridge infrastructure -Juvenile Justice Reform -Workforce Development -Agriculture -Open Government -Infant Mortality Initiatives …

Sioux Falls Transportation Directory

Posted on 09/3/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Almost a year ago AARP South Dakota hosted a two-day brainstorming session for ways to improve transportation in Sioux Falls.  City leaders and non-profit organizations came together to discuss short and long-term transportation challenges and concerns.  One of the ideas that came out of the meeting was to create an all in one directory of transportation services in Sioux Falls. After months of discussion and hard work, a new directory of specialized transportation services has been published for the Sioux Falls …

Election Season is here (almost)!

Posted on 08/14/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

As we enter mid-August and with Dakotafest, the South Dakota State Fair and Labor Day quickly approaching; we are officially entering election season. Next month, AARP will launch its 2014 Voters Guide with some information and background about South Dakota’s statewide candidates. In the meantime, here’s a list of the South Dakota candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and Governor: U.S. Senate Gordon Howie – IND Larry Pressler – IND Mike Rounds – REP Rick Weiland – DEM U.S. House …

Sioux Falls Transit Task Force Report

Posted on 07/30/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Over the last year, AARP South Dakota State Director, Sarah Jennings, has served on the Sioux Falls Transit Task Force (the Task Force).  The Task Force was put together by city leaders to address transportation challenges in the growing city.  The goals of the Task Force are to reduce paratransit costs, increase fixed-route services, foster a community-based collaboration for funding a coordinated non-profit transportation effort, develop a transit travel training program and provide a long-term financial status report to the …

2014 Long Term Care Scorecard

Posted on 06/30/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

In June, AARP released a state-by-state Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard.  This is a follow-up to the initial scorecard AARP release in 2011.  South Dakota’s ranking was slightly higher than the previous scorecard and does a good job of details our state’s strengths and challenges.  Not surprisingly, South Dakota ranks very high in Quality of Life and Quality of Care.  Specifically, the percent of adults with disabilities in the community are satisfied or very satisfied with life.  South Dakota’s rate of employment …