• July/August 2019

Public sector leadership requires long-term vision

By Debra Owen
Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

Just the other day, a member asked what keeps our Public Affairs department busy during the summer months. He was surprised to learn our team remains engaged with the state legislative work outside of session. During the summer months of 2019, there are 19 interim committees meeting. Nearly half will focus on health-related topics, including mental health, nursing homes, and drug addiction. Our team will be attending a number of these committee meetings as the discussions will likely lead to legislation for the 2020 session.

Another topic that has garnered member attention is the Chamber's annual legislative report. The annual legislative report is a comprehensive discussion of our advocacy work for the 94th Legislative Session along with in-depth analysis on bills and the budget. The report includes an executive summary for those who want the highlights, but the body of the report is a deeper dive that identifies the key influencers and how the elections impact those influencers. You will also find a comprehensive analysis on the FY 2020 budget.

One of the most popular features in the annual report is the legislative scorecard. This concept is not new, but for a number of years the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce opted not to issue a legislative scorecard. Your Chamber has once again created this tool to learn how the our legislative delegation voted on bills that were important to you. At right, you can see the list of Sioux Falls area legislators who scored an 80 percent or above on the legislative scorecard.

You can find the 2019 Legislative Annual Report, including the legislative scorecard, online under the advocacy tab of the Chamber's website or directly at siouxfallschamber.com/annual-legislative-report.cfm.

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber extends a warm note of thanks to all legislators who serve in South Dakota's Legislature. We look forward to continued discussions on public policy and the betterment of our great state.

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