2019 South Dakota Legislative Session – Final Update

Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment

Weeks 8 – February 25-28, 2019

Weeks 9 – March 4-7, 2019

Weeks 10 – March 11-13 and 29, 2019

Legislative Notes

The 2019 Legislative Session ended on March 29, 2019. Of the 460 bills submitted for consideration, 214 were passed into law and signed by the Governor. Unless a specific bill had an emergency provision added to the bill, the new laws are effective starting July 1, 2019. The bills highlighted in green within this report have been signed by the Governor and are now South Dakota law.



Bills: To view a full listing of the 2019 Legislative Bills, visit the SD Legislative Research Council webpage.

Legislators: There are 70 Legislators serving in the House of Representatives and 35 Legislators serving in the Senate. You can find your Legislators on the SD Legislative Research Council webpage. A complete listing of 2019 Legislators can also be found on the SD Legislative Research Council webpage.

Committees: There are 26 total standing committees (13 in each house, divided by subject matter). The primary function of a standing committee is to consider each bill or resolution assigned to the committee and to make a specific recommendation on what action should be taken regarding the bill or resolution. Following the introduction and first reading of a bill in either house, the presiding officer assigns the bill to a committee based on the subject matter. Generally, bills dealing with certain subjects are assigned to the same committee.  You can find out which committees your Legislators serve on by visiting the SD Legislative Research Council webpage.

Schedule: For an up-to-date listing of committee schedules and agendas, click HERE. The SD Chamber of Commerce and Industry provides the annual legislative handbook.

Data: Information organized by each legislative district regarding demographic, housing, family and economic data are available on the SD KIDS COUNT website.