Week 3: Guns, Obscene Dolls, Perinatal Hospice, Crackerbarrel Info, Help for EAFB, the BH Stock Show


Week three has come and gone and things are picking up in Pierre (and at home).


I'm happy to spend a little time this weekend at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo, as well as have a Crackerbarrel tomorrow morning (Saturday, January 30th), 9:00 am-11:00 am at Western Dakota Technical College. In person attendance is limited to the first 50 people, or you can attend online by registering here: https://elevaterapidcity.com/advocacy/rapid-city-crackerbarrels/



Many South Dakotans are concerned about overreach of the federal government and with good reason. One only has to review the examples of the past where laws were brought at the federal level and states were held hostage through funding and aid to follow suit. This week, I introduced SB 129, An Act to prohibit infringement upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.


In keeping with my promise to protect the unborn, I introduced SB 83, An Act to require the provision of information regarding perinatal hospice. This will provide hospice, counseling, and support information to mothers given a fatal anomaly diagnosis for their unborn child. This has passed out of Senate committee and should be heard on the Senate floor sometime next week.


To cut red tape, I presented in committee SB 73, An Act to revise provisions regarding the sale of certain government owned vehicles by an auction agency. This enables auction agencies to hold dealer owned auto auctions and government owned auto auctions on the same day, as long as the vehicles are separated, clearly marked, and the auctions are held at different times. This protects the consumer, and helps auction agencies with overhead and efficiency.


To protect children at the request of the Governor's office, I introduced SB 126, An Act to establish the crime of possession, manufacturing, or distribution of obscene dolls. These are child sized sex dolls that can be custom created to mimic the likeness of any child. Some also come with custom settings such as "rape" or "submissive." This bill is an important step to protecting our children from predators, and helping law enforcement to identify people involved in child pornography.


To help facilitate the expansion of Ellsworth Airforce Base, I introduced SB 151, An Act make an appropriation to provide for infrastructure to support Ellsworth Air Force Base and to declare an emergency. This bill recognizes the statewide impact of Ellsworth Airforce Base, and calls for critical inspection, repair, and upgrade of the sewer system in the surrounding community. This appropriations in this bill will take care of critical work needed for quality of life and capacity, and help to carry the burden of these costs so they won't all be carried by local residents.


Thank you, District 35 for the opportunity to represent you. You can track all of my bills and committees online here: https://sdlegislature.gov/

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