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The Chamber Advocate
A publication of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce
June 15, 2018
State Government
Extraordinary Cost Fund for Special Education Study Meets

This week the special education summer study met in Pierre. The committee is comprised of both House and Senate legislators and is chaired by Mary Duvall (District 24). The committee heard from Secretary of Education, Don Kirkegaard, and Department of Education staff, Department of Revenue, Legislative Research staff, and three school districts: Bon Homme, Brookings, and Watertown.

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Governor Daugaard Appoints Sioux Falls Area Citizens to Boards

Click here to find out who from our community Governor Daugaard appointed to various Citizen Boards. 

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Local Government
Lincoln County Commission Update

The Lincoln County Commission will have two new commissioners, Tiffani Landeen and Joel Arends. . Landeen, who will be the first woman commissioner in the country, was the former State’s Attorney for Turner County before moving to Sioux Falls to establish her law practice. Arends is an attorney residing in Harrisburg.

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Council Compromises on Public Input?

On Tuesday night, City Councilors discussed the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would move public input from the beginning of the meeting to the end. Voting in favor of this ordinance was Councilors Selberg (sponsor), Kiley, Neitzert, and Soehl. While opponents included Councilors Stehly, Starr, and Brekke. Councilor Erickson was absent during this first reading and thus did not vote. 

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School District
Program Enhancement Project Proposal Grants

This year, 20 teacher projects that incorporate innovation into classrooms will be funded by Program Enhancement Project Proposal (PEPP) Grants thanks to the Sioux Falls School Board and the Sioux Falles Education Association (SFEA).

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Federal Government
Bipartisan Farm Bill with multiple Thune provisions heads to full Senate

Sen. John Thune, a longtime member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today issued the following statement after the Agriculture Committee approved, by a vote of 20-1, the Senate’s bipartisan farm bill, which now heads to the full Senate for consideration. 

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Thune proposals adopted during today's markup

Thune’s Improved Soil Moisture and Precipitation Monitoring Act (introduced on May 23, 2018), which would provide tools and direction to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help improve the accuracy of the U.S. Drought Monitor and require the coordination of USDA agencies that use precipitation data to determine livestock grazing loss assistance and stocking rates.

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Sen. Rounds Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Reform Living Will Submission Process for Financial Institutions

U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds and Doug Jones (D-Ala.), members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today introduced bipartisan legislation to reform the living will submission process.

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Rounds delivers opening statement at EPW Subcommittee hearing on Surplus Water Rule

Sen. Mike Rounds, chairman of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight, today delivered opening remarks at a hearing entitled “Oversight of the Army Corps’ Regulation of Surplus Water and the Role of States’ Rights.”

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Committee approves Congresswoman Noem's IHS Reform Bill

The House Natural Resources Committee today approved Rep. Kristi Noem’s Indian Health Service (IHS) reforms, a significant step forward for this comprehensive proposal. H.R.5874, the Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act, seeks to offer better tools for recruiting competent medical staff and leadership, improve care standards, and dramatically increase accountability. 

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