— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger South Dakota for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us! To register, click the links below or call 1-844-227-9304.

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— With week nine in the books, we have officially completed the last full week of South Dakota’s 2019 legislative session.  We spent this week wrapping up our work in the Capitol and looking ahead to the priorities that have been laid out for 2019. This week, we testified in support of three bills which we have been following throughout the legislative session: On Monday, AARP South Dakota testified in favor of House Bill (HB) 1099.  HB 1099 is a caregiver …

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— The month of March is officially upon us and AARP South Dakota’s work for you continues in Pierre. We have only one full week of the 2019 SD Legislative Session remaining so we spent much of this week following up on ongoing legislation. On Thursday, AARP South Dakota testified, again, in favor of House Bill (HB) 1050 this time before the Senate Judiciary Committee. As you’ll recall, House Bill 1050 revises certain provisions regarding the use and possession of credit card scanning …

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— Week seven is a busy and important week each year in the SD legislature. It is the final week for a bill to  pass out of the committee in it’s chamber of origin. This means a bill has to have been given a favorable recommendation in the first committee so it can be heard on the chamber floor before crossover day. “Crossover Day” is Monday, and marks the last opportunity for a bill originating in the House to move to …

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— We have had a busy week as we prepare for the President’s Day holiday – and there is still more work to do! House Bill (HB) 1050, which revises certain provisions regarding the use and possession of scanning devices (skimmers), was up for consideration in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.  AARP South Dakota testified in favor of this consumer protection bill.  As you likely know, fraudsters attach scanning devices, or skimmers, to ATM machines and outdoor pumps at gas …

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— We have officially reached the half way point of the 2019 South Dakota legislative session. This week AARP South Dakota testified in support of adopting House Bill (HB) 1099.  HB 1099 allows patients in a treatment facility to designate a caregiver who can receive timely and relevant information regarding the patient’s health.  We applaud Representative Tim Reed and the two parent-caregivers from Brookings, SD who gave compelling testimony in Tuesday morning’s committee hearing.  As you know, AARP South Dakota has …

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— Despite the cold, South Dakota advocates flocked to the Capitol this week to meet with their elected officials and make the priorities of South Dakota’s 50+ known. Clad in their signature red vest, advocates from communities across our state had lunch with many of our State Senators and Representations, as well as Governor Noem, Lt Governor Rhoden and Attorney General Ravnsborg. Photos from the event are attached below. This week, AARP South Dakota sat down with South Dakota’s new Governor, …

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— Many of your state legislators return home after each week in Pierre to reconnect with their communities and to hear from members of their constituency.  AARP SD is one of the many groups who help to facilitate these conversations by sponsoring legislative coffees in cities across the state. We encourage you to take an opportunity to get to know your elected officials and to let your lawmakers know you are watching what happens in Pierre! Often hosted by your local Chamber of Commerce, …

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— The bitter cold hit much of SD, but Pierre is heating up! Despite it being a holiday week, AARP SD was busy taking steps to help expand access to human, health and disaster resources across our state. On Wednesday, AARP South Dakota testified in support of Senate Bill (SB) 8 which expands the ‘2-1-1’ telephone referral system to a statewide resource information system.  This bill is a recommendation from the 2018 Mental Health Services legislative summer study. The 211 Helpline Center …

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— Though, we have just been in Pierre for 8 days so far, we are already nearly 25% done with the 2019 SD legislative session! On Wednesday, AARP South Dakota testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of Senate Bill (SB) 20 which updates certain provisions regarding consumer protection. This bill is being brought by South Dakota’s new Attorney General, Jason Ravnsborg, to address consumer protections regarding door-to-door statutes.  Unfortunately, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division has been dealing with unscrupulous …

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— A new year means a new legislative session in South Dakota and the Capitol is busy with newly elected officials. AARP SD advocates are in Pierre making sure your new representatives are up-to-date on the issues that matter most to you. On the heels of her inauguration last weekend, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem kicked off the 2019 legislative session with her first State of the State address on Tuesday. She began the address by acknowledging the work of past …