Sioux Falls Day at the Legislature
The annual Sioux Falls Day at the Legislature will take place Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. The all-day event allows Chamber members to meet and visit with state legislators and see the legislative process first-hand.
The Chamber has been organizing Sioux Falls Day for 35 years as a way to connect members to the legislative process. It is also an opportunity to show support for issues affecting the Sioux Falls area that are being discussed in Pierre.
All Chamber member employees are invited to attend Sioux Falls Day. Participants depart Sioux Falls early in the morning and travel on coach buses to Pierre. A mid-morning arrival time provides the opportunity for participants to observe committee meetings taking place throughout the Capitol building. The Chamber hosts a luncheon in the Capitol Rotunda that includes legislators and top government officials – giving Sioux Falls Day participants direct access to leadership. In the afternoon, participants can watch the full legislature in action as the House and Senate are in session. The day concludes with a group photo on the Capitol steps before returning to Sioux Falls.
Cost to participate in Sioux Falls Day is $55 for the full day, $30 to only ride the bus or $25 to only attend the luncheon. To register, call (605) 373-2050 or email email@example.com
The Chamber will host three Legislative Coffees in the month of February featuring legislators from Districts 6, 9-16 and 25. The Coffees will take place from 10-11:45 a.m. on February 2, 9 and 23. All three sessions will be held in the Hub on the campus of Southeast Tech.
The Coffees provide a forum for constituents to hear about current bills and communicate with their elected officials–a vital aspect of forming legislation. They are also an opportunity for citizens to learn more about legislators' positions, to ask questions and to formulate a better understanding of the impact that a prospective law might have upon them.
A moderator from the League of Women Voters will lead the conversation and take written questions from the audience. The 2019 Legislative Coffees are sponsored by League of Women Voters, Sioux Falls Education Association and AARP-Sioux Falls.
"Our legislators do value the input and opinions of the Sioux Falls area business community. Showing up in force at the Capital reinforces our interest in their lawmaking, and it gives us a chance to show our appreciation for their service. I know all our legislators look forward to Sioux Falls Day and show great pride when we are introduced in each chamber. Our voice makes a difference!"
Paul Bruflat, CNA Surety
"The things I enjoy most are introducing my Sioux Falls friends to the legislators and helping explain the processes that are taking place. Second, and most fun, is meeting the new people who come out for the event. The Capitol building is beautiful and a wonder to walk around. The day allows for plenty of fun, learning, conversation and networking."
Steve Kolbeck, Xcel Energy
If you are considering attending for the first time..."Do it! You will learn about the process of state government, meet many local legislators, learn about bills and measures being offered up during session, connect with other Sioux Falls business leaders, meet new friends and also tour our beautiful State Capitol building."
Stacy Wrightsman, Sanford Health