— South Dakotans can worry a little less about identity theft, thanks to a new law backed by AARP South Dakota. Effective July 1, if a company or agency discovers a security breach, it must disclose that fact within 60 days to any South Dakotan whose personal information has been jeopardized. If the leak affects more than 250 residents, the state attorney general must be alerted. For fraud prevention tips, visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork, as well as …

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— The main run of the 2018 South Dakota Legislative Session has ended but AARP South Dakota and our advocates continue to fight for and equip the 50+ in our state to live their best lives. Take a moment to review all of our work in South Dakota, and look forward to the year ahead. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW FROM THE 2018 SD LEGISLATIVE SESSION:  FISCAL YEAR 2019 BUDGET: Includes pay increases for community support providers, teachers and state employees. HOUSE …

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— March has arrived and that means we are near the end of the 2018 South Dakota legislative session! To our disappointment, House Bill (HB) 1204, the Uniform Power of Attorney Act, was defeated in the Senate Judiciary committee Tuesday morning by one vote. Thank you to all who took the time to share your voice and contact your legislators about supporting HB 1204.  More than 400 emails were sent to the Capitol by AARP SD advocates who felt the Uniform …

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— There are only two weeks left in the 2018 South Dakota legislative session but our work in Pierre is not done! With your help, House Bill (HB) 1204, the Uniform Power of Attorney Act, passed in the House of Representatives by a 42-21 vote and moves over to the Senate for consideration. HB 1204 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary committee on Tuesday (February 27) and we expect similar opposition to what we faced in the House.  …

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— We have already reached week 6 of the 2018 South Dakota legislative session but we can’t let up yet! Some of our most important work happens in the final weeks of session. With AARP South Dakota’s support,  House Bill (HB) 1204, the Uniform Power of Attorney Act, fought back tough opposition to pass out of the House Judiciary committee on Wednesday with an 8-5 vote.  It will be up for consideration by the House of Representatives this coming Tuesday (Feb. …

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— With Week 5 in the books, we have reached the half way point of the 2018 South Dakota legislative session and AARP South Dakota continues to work on the issues important to South Dakota’s 50+ population. This week AARP South Dakota testified in support of adopting House Bill (HB) 1274. HB 1274 would have increased the tax on tobacco products in South Dakota by $1 which would have generated $30 million in new revenue for the state.  $20 million of …

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— Unlike 2017, this year the weather cooperated and AARP South Dakota’s 2018 Lobby Day was a tremendous success!  Nearly 100 AARP South Dakota advocacy volunteers came from across the state to meet with their legislators and discuss AARP South Dakota’s 2018 legislative priorities.  To learn more, click here! The impact of our Lobby Day will be felt throughout the rest of the 2018 legislative session. Again, this year AARP South Dakota has been working to protect 2016’s Initiated Measure 21 …

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— Nearly 100 advocates from 18 different communities and every corner of our state gathered in Pierre Tuesday for AARP South Dakota’s annual Lobby Day at the Capitol.  Many attendees took the opportunity to speak with their local lawmakers about the issues that are important to South Dakotans age 50+ including increased access to care, support for family caregivers and expanded consumer protections. Despite it being a very busy day in Pierre, we were excited to host just over 80% of …

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— The end of week 3 marks the deadline for bills to be submitted for the 2018 South Dakota legislative session.  With more than 400 bills filed so far this year, the legislature has already surpassed the total number of bills filed in 2017 (390). With AARP South Dakota’s support, Senate Bill (SB) 56 has passed the Senate and will soon be considered in the House of Representatives.  SB 56 provides property and sales tax refunds to low income seniors. Property …

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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 …