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— 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 …

4 States

— The cold of winter has arrived which means that Pierre is a hot bed of activity as the 2018 South Dakota legislative session has begun.  Once again, AARP South Dakota’s presence in Pierre is felt as we working diligently on your behalf. As per usual, Governor Dennis Daugaard kicked off the 2018 session with the annual State of the State address followed by the State of the Judiciary address on Wednesday and the State of the Tribes address on Thursday. During …

— AARP South Dakota advocates will hit the ground running Jan. 9, when the legislature convenes for a session that lasts only eight weeks. AARP staff and volunteers will be in Pierre throughout the session, holding lawmakers accountable on issues that affect constituents age 50-plus. Legislative priorities for 2018 include telehealth and passage of the Uniform Power of Attorney Act. In a rural state with a shortage of health care providers, telehealth can improve access to care. The power of attorney …

— AARP South Dakota is encouraging members who care about health care, financial security, caregiving and other hot-button issues to become e-activists. AARP South Dakota sends emails to e-activists when legislation on key issues is winding its way through Pierre or Washington. The emails explain how to get in touch with lawmakers and suggest a meaningful response. The state’s next legislative session begins Jan. 9. To get involved, call 866-542-8172 toll-free or send an email to sdaarp@aarp.org.

— A new state law allows a court to grant authority over online banking, credit card and social media accounts to a conservator of a vulnerable person or an executor of an estate. Many states are grappling with who owns the online accounts of a recently deceased family member. The South Dakota law, which took effect July 1, allows caregivers to seek court authority to deactivate or boost cybersecurity on a loved one’s accounts. If left inactive, these so-called digital assets …

— Under a new state law supported by AARP South Dakota, certified nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives will have more flexibility to serve patients in rural and underserved areas. Since 1979, these highly trained professionals have been allowed to provide care in South Dakota only with physician oversight, even when offering services for which they are trained and educated. The law will allow those who have completed 1,040 hours of practice with physicians or experienced nurse practitioners or certified nurse …

— The 2017 legislative session has officially come to a close! AARP South Dakota advocates made your voice heard in Pierre, helping to pass legislation that will improve access to care in rural and underserved communities and supporting legislation that make the tough job of managing a loved ones’ estate a little bit easier.   They also protected the will of the people by keeping payday lenders out of our state and improving financial security for low income South Dakotans. This year …

— It’s March which means we are nearing the end of the 2017 South Dakota legislative session! This week the South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS) bills, House Bill (HB) 1016, 1017 and 1018 were signed into law by Governor Daugaard. To recap of these bills, revisit our week two blog. Over the last week of session, the bills AARP South Dakota amended to preserve Initiate Measure 21, which capped pay day lending rates at 36%, will be resolved.  On Monday, HB 1090 will …

— Week 7 of the 2017 South Dakota legislative session was marked by crossover day on Thursday.  Crossover day is the last day for a bill or joint resolution to pass its house of origin. Also on Thursday, AARP South Dakota testified in support of adopting House Bill (HB) 1080, the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (UFADAA).  With AARP South Dakota’s support, HB 1080 has passed through the House of Representatives and has been placed on the Senate Consent …

— Every year, President’s Day weekend brings a break to the chaos of the legislative session, and this year is no different. On Monday, with your support, the South Dakota House of Representatives passed Senate Bill (SB) 61. The bill will now go to Governor Daugaard and await his signature. SB 61 aims to improve the South Dakota Nurse Practice Act and increase South Dakotans access to two different types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs)—Certified Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse …