Week 2 of the 2017 South Dakota legislative session is in the books and AARP South Dakota advocates have already been busy!

On Tuesday, AARP South Dakota testified in favor of Senate Bill (SB) 62 which requires timely notification when there is a breach of certain data.

This bill is being brought by South Dakota Attorney General, Marty Jackley. Under the proposed legislation, upon discovery of a breach of a system security, the information holder must disclose the breach to any resident of South Dakota whose personal or protected information was acquired by an unauthorized person within 60 days of that discovery.  Furthermore, if that breach of the security system exceeds 250 South Dakota residents, the Attorney General must also be informed within 60 days.

South Dakota is one of the last states in the country to adopt a data breach notification bill.  AARP South Dakota’s position on this issue is pretty simple:
Consumers have the right to be notified of all security breaches involving their sensitive personal information as soon as reasonably possible.

AARP South Dakota believes this bill is an important tool for the consumers of South Dakota.  The Senate Judiciary Committee deferred action on SB 62 until next week.

On Thursday, the Senate Retirement Laws Committee debated four bills being proposed by the South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS). The most significant of the bills is Senate Bill (SB) 37 which revises the automatic enrollment provisions of the deferred compensation plan of the SDRS.

Under the legislation, state employees who are not currently deferring their compensation plan will be automatically enrolled starting July 1, 2019. Additionally, the bill will allow other participating employers to offer auto enrollment for their employees who are not currently deferring. The bill also allows employees to elect not to participate.

AARP South Dakota has researched and studied all of the SDRS bills.  We’ve also consulted with SDRS and other groups and organizations impacted by these bills.  At this time, AARP South Dakota is neither for nor against these bills but will continue to monitor them for our members during the 2018 legislative session.

AARP South Dakota’s annual Lobby Day is Tuesday, January 30 in Pierre.  If you are interested in becoming a more active advocate for the 50+ in South Dakota, this is a great opportunity to speak with your legislators and remind them that we are watching what happens in Pierre. Registration is required as seating is limited. Click here to learn more and to register.

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