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Senate Health has three bills on Fri Jan 30

January 30, 2015

breastfeedOn Friday, January 30th, at 10:00 AM the SD Senate Health and Human Services committee will take on 3 bills.

HB 1012 SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding child welfare agencies.

This bill passed the House Health committee and House floor with no opposition. Here are my notes preceding the House hearing:

Most of this bill seems to be cleaning up language and grammatical errors in current code (I need to do that on this blog!). It also removes a provision about caring for women who are pregnant or have a newborn. It might be worth listening to proponent testimony to see why that language is being removed.

HB 1013 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions related to social work licensure.

This bill was amended in the House Health committee by a vote of 12-1. On the house floor it met with more opposition, it did pass though with a vote of 40-27. Here are my notes preceding the House hearing:

This bill does a few things. Currently it is considered fraud for a licensee to have lied on their application; this bill would extend that charge of fraud to applicants (for those that lied and didn’t receive a license). It removes the requirement that an applicant have a BA or two years experience; but retains the exam requirement. The bill also appears to clean up the record keeping requirements for the state to keep on licensees.

I now hope this bill will die in the Senate. With the job shortage in so many fields, including social work, it simply makes no sense to tighten the barrier to becoming a social worker. And why is the SD legislature pushing through a bill that gives more power to a special industry group as to who can become a social worker in SD. This is just bad legislation.

SB 77 – SoDakLiberty PostsAllow nursing mothers to breastfeed in certain locations.

Sen Jensen (R, Dist 33) is the Senate prime sponsor of this bill. This is a very simple bill. Here is the code that would be added to the law books:

Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, a mother may breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be present.

I actually thought this was legal already. This is one of those things that shouldn’t need a law. Breastfeeding is a natural act and shouldn’t be a big deal one way or another to anyone not involved.

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