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Senate Health and Human Services committee has 3 bills on Weds Feb 18

February 18, 2015

On Wednesday, February 18th, at 10:00 AM the SD Senate Health & Human Services committee will take on 3 bills.

HB 1089 – SoDakLiberty PostsBan the practice of female genital mutilation in the state, to provide a penalty therefor, and to declare an emergency.

Rep Lynne DiSanto (R, Dist 35) and Sen Jenna Haggar (R, Dist 10) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed House Health 12-0 and the House floor 61-6. Here is what I said about the bill before:

This is an issue that has come light as South Dakota continues to get more immigrants. Some of these immigrants come from cultures where female genital mutilation is considered almost compulsory to be accepted within that culture. However, in the US female genital mutilation is considered barbaric and dangerous to the target. In particular it appears some forms of FGM are targeted at young girls. The debate on this one should be interesting indeed. It should be noted that this act appears to only apply to females under the age of 18.

At this point I hope the Senate gives more scrutiny to the bill than the House did. At first this seemed like a good bill. But the acts described in this bill are already illegal to be performed on a minor. At this point the only reason to vote for the bill is to raise awareness. That is just a bad reason to pass a law. Awareness can be raised outside of codified law.

ernes-Medicine-DrugsHB 1080 – SoDakLiberty PostsAuthorize the use of investigational treatments for patients under certain conditions and to restrict certain causes of action arising from investigational treatment.

Rep Leslie Heinemann (R, Dist 8) and Sen Blake Curd (R, Dist 12) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed the House Health and Human Services committee 11-2. It then passed 66-1 on the House floor after a small wording amendment. I still think this is a good bill. Here is what I had to say about the bill previously:

This is an interesting bill. It would allow a doctor to treat a patient that has a currently untreatable condition using an “Investigational drug, biological product, or device”. The investigational treatment must have passed phase one of a clinical trial, but does not need to have been approved yet by the FDA. I like this bill. It makes no sense to hold up a potentially life-saving treatment (or at least symtom-reducing treatment) on a terminal patient that has no other options. I believe this decision should be up to the patient and doctor. The FDA only gets in the way in such situations. And, as the bill states, phase one of clinical trials have to be completed; so these investigational treatments aren’t just a whim of a doctor or medical company.


HB 1079 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the deadline for the Department of Health’s annual report regarding abortions.

Rep Jim Stalzer (R, Dist 11) and Sen Phil Jensen – (R, Dist 33) are the prime sponsors. I wasn’t sure about this bill before, but it seemed reasonable to provide some sort of deadline. But now that I know many of the sponsors want to use this data simply for making anti-abortion legislation I think it would be a good time for this bill to die. It just seems too much like this bill has politically motivated reasons, as opposed to public health reasoning…

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