District 17 Legislative Notes

Nancy Rasmussen

Nancy Rasmussen

By Rep. Nancy Rasmussen

One of the highlights of last week’s session was meeting two Viborg FFA Leaders. Kirsten Stevens, District 3 vice-president and Jaclynn Knutson, District 3 state advisor attended the District Officer Training event held in Pierre. A legislative breakfast was provided for us that allowed the House and Senate members the opportunity to hear from our future leaders. It was my honor to listen and observe the talent and commitment of these SDFFA high school students.

This week Ivy Sherard from Hurley will join me and the House of Representatives to take part in the Legislative Page Program. This is an opportunity for high school seniors to experience South Dakota’s government at work. Thank you, Ivy!

Congresswoman Kristi Noem addressed both Houses last Wednesday to give updates on the forthcoming farm bill, disaster funding for west river ranchers, school lunch reforms and funding for the Lewis & Clark Water Systems.

Legislation voted on the House floor last week varied from repealing the inheritance and estate tax (HB 1057), reducing penalty taxes paid on aircraft (HB 1042), establishing customer protection services (HB 1054), to recognizing Hot Springs as “The Veterans Town” (HCR 1004).

The House will hear two Senate Bills this week addressing Common Core Standards (SB 62 and SB 64). Other bills considered on this week’s calendar will be listed for us on Tuesday. I will update you next week.

Keep safe and warm!

Rep. Nancy Rasmussen

District 17/Turner and Clay Counties


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