A key piece of the Chamber’s annual Legislative Report is the Legislative Scorecard. The Scorecard tracks how all 30 of the Sioux Falls area representatives voted on issues the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce took a position on during the previous session. These votes were related to measures important to the Sioux Falls business community that aligned with the legislative platform set by the Chamber’s Issues Management Council (IMC) and Board of Directors.
Lawmakers were given a “Sioux Falls Community Champion” designation if they voted with the Chamber on 100% of the bills on this scorecard and a “Sioux Falls Supporter” designation if they voted in line with the Chamber on more than 80% of the bills.
Summary of key bills
Industrial Hemp: legalizes industrial hemp and provides the four guardrails that Governor Noem required.
Criminalizing Transgender Procedures: sought to criminalize doctors for providing medically necessary care for transgender youth.
SDSU/School of Mines bio-processing building: provides the seed money of $1M for the design and development of a new bioprocessing facility to be located in Brookings, South Dakota, with collaboration from other state schools.
Immunizations: provided that no child entering a public or nonpublic school in South Dakota would be required to receive any immunization or medical procedure for enrollment or entry.
USD Allied Health Facility: provided for a forty-five-thousand-foot Allied Health Facility at USD. The state contribution for the project is $5M.
Driver’s license exams in Spanish: a workforce development bill that provides the driver’s license application, the study manual and the written test will be printed in Spanish.
Dakota Promise Scholarship: would have established the Dakota’s promise scholarship program.
Restricting Dual Credit Program: would have barred any student from participating in the dual credit program if they failed the course or withdrew from the course after the deadline.
Gov’s bill to streamline county zoning: was a Governor’s bill to streamline the county permitting process for land development.
K-12 School Funding Bill: addressed school state-aid funding and had the support of the Governor’s team and education advocates across the state.