2021 Legislative Session – Listing of 2021 Legislators
The 2021 legislators have been slated for the upcoming session. It is very important to know your legislators in your districts so that they become familiar with you and what your business needs are. We, as an industry, must join forces to protect your business and livelihood. We have a hired lobbyist that represents you and your business, and to guard against unfair laws that might harm your establishment in Pierre. Part of the process in working toward a solution on those issues is to be able to communicate with the legislators on a one to one basis, either in person or by email on issues that arise that can affect your bottom line. I have listed each house representative and senator with their respective districts. If you don’t know what district you’re in, give our office a call. We are always in need of your help during the legislative session to call upon legislators to either vote or not vote for a particular issue.
So what can you do to help during the session? If you would send to our office an updated email address (which is for our office records only) for use to send you any updates and any help we might need from you in communicating with the legislators. Your email address is also important in sending regular information to you throughout the year regarding the industry and what’s happening with the association. An email from a business owner or someone that is actually in the industry is so valuable and has a tremendous impact when a vote is being placed for or against a bill affecting the industry. We also place alerts on our website listing the bills being discussed for the industry, the latest update and vote, and when to contact your legislator. The more calls and emails they receive on an issue, the more attention to that issue they will give. This is a great time to research the legislators voting records on previous industry issues, so that you are aware how they are voting and which legislators that is important to contact during crucial times throughout the session. This will also be important when there is a close vote on an issue, as those may be legislators that you know that you can help us influence their votes in a favorable direction. For any new legislators, please be sure to reach out to them and get to know their views on issues. It is not only good for you as a business person, but good for our association and the industry.
We have included a listing of all the legislators for the 2021 session with their districts, addresses, and phone numbers. All their information is also available on the South Dakota legislature website: www.sdlegislature.gov
If you have any questions about any of the legislators and your district, or about the upcoming legislative session, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at #800-721-1789 or #605-343-1844. Also, watch our website for legislative alerts for all updated information.
Thank you, in advance, for your immediate attention to this matter.