Countdown to Pierre – Where to find what, now?

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We are less than a week away from the 2014 session’s start, and things are definitely gearing up. Articles about upcoming bills are making their way around the newspapers (like this one about the animal cruelty bill that will come out). For political junkies, this is the Christmas-after-Christmas, where things start getting fun.

For everyone else (a.k.a. normal people), its another whirlwind where a lot of people talk, a few people get to vote, and sometimes afterward something might feel like it has changed.

It is true, state laws more directly effect citizens, but since laws aren’t something we pick up and examine every day, sometimes laws and their effects seem pretty distant. There are ways, though, in this process, to get more acquainted with how bills are passed, who is lobbying for and against those bills, and what those bills might mean if they become law.

Here are a few quick links if you are just looking for some basic information:

2014 session bills: http://legis.sd.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/
Lobbyists, both those working for private clients and public employees who will lobby for their departments: https://sdsos.gov/Lobbyist/LRPublicAccess.aspx
A quick link to the live audio broadcasts for the session: http://legis.sd.gov/Legislative_Session/Media/rss.aspx

Another way is to sign on to the webinar we’re hosting next Monday. The LRC website has some tools you can use to get emails whenever something happens with a bill, or whenever a committee agenda is posted online; it is quite useful, if you don’t want to spend your life checking committee agendas for a certain bill. Information is below, and we hope to see you on!

Laws, Rules, and Regulations, Oh My! How to Understand and Use the LRC Website
January 13, 2014
3:00CT/4:00MT
REGISTER NOW: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7983226630320751361

Have you ever gone on to the Legislature’s website and wondered how on earth to find a bill? Or tried to find a certain law, and found yourself looking at a map of legislative districts? Well, the Legislative Research Council has a good, newly-designed website which, if you know how to use it, can really help you understand South Dakota’s rules, laws, and legislature.

In this webinar, we’ll talk about:

-The difference between laws and rules, and how they work together to create our regulatory landscape.
-How to get to various pieces of information during the session, like bills and resolutions, or when committees meet.
-How to use E-Subscribe (My LRC), the part of the website that tracks bills and committees for you!

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