2012 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Friends,

I recently had the opportunity to join the panel of Inside Keloland to discuss the 2012 South Dakota Legislative Session. We had a great dialogue on the major topics of the session. Click on the video link below to watch!

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2012 Legislative Session Wraps Up

Friends:

The 2012 South Dakota Legislative Session finished last Friday (March 2). Here is a KELO TV story that focuses on some of my thoughts regarding the 2012 legislative session:

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KELO TV Story: Final Week of Session!

Dear Friends:

We have some critical decisions to make during the final week of the 2012 South Dakota Legislative Session. When we leave Pierre on Friday, the legislature will have passed the General Appropriations bill that funds state government for fiscal year 2013.

This year, we will have around $12 million additional dollars to allocate on a one time basis due to revenue increases exceeding what we as a legislature expected. Extra one time funding to K-12 education and medicaid providers (with a special focus on community support provider funding) will be a high priority for most legislators.

Check out the KELO TV story on this topic below:

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Eye on Keloland Story on Social Media Use in Politics

Dear Friends

Here is an interesting KELO TV story regarding the effective use of social media platforms as a means of communication by elected officials and political parties. Click on the video below to watch!

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KELO TV Interview on SB 192

Dear Friends:

This week in the State Senate, we passed Senate Bill 192 which contains the one time additional money the state may be spending on K-12 education, technical institutes, public colleges and medicaid providers. Here is a KELO TV interview I conducted today that discusses the K-12 portion of the one-time money included in the bill:

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KELOLAND TV Story on Senate Bill 154

KELO TV recently aired a story on one of the bills I am sponsoring this session. I am the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 154 which strengthens our mandatory reporting statutes pertaining to child abuse and neglect situations. I serve on a Court Improvement Committee in South Dakota and worked with members of the committee to craft the legislation.

Amy Benda, Executive Director of the CASA program in Sioux Falls, has been a huge advocate for SB 154′s passage. Amy is interviewed in the KELO TV story and does a great job articulating the issue!

Check it out here:

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KSFY Story on the Legislation to Combat Synthetic Marijuana

The Senate Health & Human Services committee passed Senate Bill 23 today which is the first step in the legislative process to combat the sythetic marijuana epidemic that is capturing our state’s youth.

Click on the KSFY video below to watch a story from today’s committee hearing!

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Interview with the School Administrators of South Dakota Association

Friends:

The pace of the 2012 South Dakota Legislative Session is starting to pick up! Today is the 8th official day of the 2012 legislative session.

Education issues will continue to be at the forefront of our discussions in work this session. I serve on the Senate Education committee and recently conducted an interview with John Pederson (the Executive Director of the School Administrators of South Dakota) to discuss education issues we are facing this session. Click on the video below to watch the interview!

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2012 South Dakota Legislative Session Begins Today!

Dear South Dakotans:

I am writing this post today from Pierre as lawmakers from all across the state have descended on the state capital to officially start the 2012 legislative session! The session will begin with Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s “State of the State” address today at 1 PM. This address will air live on South Dakota Public TV at 1 PM CST (12 PM MST).

I am so excited for the legislative session to get going this year. From my perspective, there is definitely more of an optimistic outlook to this session than the previous several years. I look forward to some vigorous debate over some of our most challenging policy issues. I also very much look forward to the new and creative ideas that will be introduced in the “laboratory of ideas” known as the legislative institution.

This session, I will once again be communicating with South Dakotans via social media outlets like twitter and facebook. I will also be posting video updates on my website as well as other social media platforms.

Here is how you can contact me during this year’s session:

Feel free to follow me on twitter by searching: @tschlek. My facebook page is “Check Schlek: Todd Schlekeway for State Senate”. My website is www.toddschlekeway.com. My e-mail address is Sen.Schlekeway@state.sd.us.

God Bless!

Todd Schlekeway

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Sen. Schlekeway’s Pre-Legislative Session Open Meeting Schedule

Dear Friends:

I hope you are having a blessed Christmas season with your family and friends!

With the 2012 South Dakota Legislative Session less than 2 weeks away, it is
time once again to announce my schedule of open meeting times for interested
citizens and constituents to meet with me about issues they are concerned about
going into the 2012 Legislative Session.

Please spread the word to interested citizens throughout District 11, Sioux Falls
and South Dakota. All of this years meetings will take place at the Hyvee
in west Sioux Falls on 26th & Marion Ave.

    Here are the official dates and times of my open meeting schedule:

Tuesday, January 3 (7:00 AM-9:00 AM) at the Hyvee on 26th & Marion Ave

Wednesday, January 4 (11:00 AM-1:00 PM) at the Hyvee on 26th & Marion Ave

Thursday, January 5 (4:00 PM-5:00 PM) at the Hyvee on 26th & Marion Ave

Saturday, January 7 (9:00 AM-11:00 AM) at the Hyvee on 26th & Marion Ave

I look forward to seeing you at these meeting times! Happy New Year and God Bless!

Sen. Schlekeway

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