Legislative Report Events

We are partnering with South Dakota Right to Life to bring you 3 Legislative Report events! Sioux Falls, Rapid City & Aberdeen. Come for a detailed discussion of the issues FHA and RTL worked on during the 2019 Legislative Session! RSVP today!

Sioux Falls – April 2 – Click Here for more information

Rapid City – April 5 – Click Here for more information

Aberdeen – April 11 – Click Here for more information

The Deleterious Effects of Video Lottery

Resolutions passed by the Legislature have no weight of law, but simply send a message from the body. Here is one from week 9 that deserves the spotlight:

HR1006 “Recognizing the deleterious effects of gambling and video lottery.”

A RESOLUTION, Recognizing the deleterious effects of gambling and video lottery.

WHEREAS, at the time of statehood, in 1889, the framers of the Constitution of South Dakota recognized the dangers inherent in gambling and sagaciously prohibited the activity under any pretense or for whatever purpose; and

WHEREAS, approximately a century later, an insatiable desire for revenue opened the door to gambling, including a lottery that is devoted to the operation of state government and then video lottery; and

WHEREAS, more than 1,300 video lottery casinos are now situated across this state; and

WHEREAS, video lottery annually contributes between eighty-eight and one hundred ten million dollars to the coffers of this state, thereby accounting for six to seven percent of the state’s annual revenue; and

WHEREAS, video lottery is often referred to as the crack cocaine of gambling because it is recognized as the most addictive form of gambling; and

WHEREAS, South Dakota is now estimated to have between 13,000 and 26,000 pathological gamblers; and

WHEREAS, South Dakota now has the undesirable distinction of being ranked second in the nation with respect to gambling addiction; and

WHEREAS, research indicates that the annual cost to a state for each pathological gambler is in excess of fourteen thousand dollars; and

WHEREAS, crime statistics confirm significant increases in armed robbery, burglary, theft, embezzlement, and family violence, as well as suicide, since the institution of video lottery; and

WHEREAS, since the institution of video lottery, the exorbitant and ever-increasing social costs associated with this form of gambling have taken their toll both directly and indirectly on individuals, on families, on our businesses and communities, and on the health and well being of our state:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives of the Ninety-Fourth Legislature of the State of South Dakota, that the Legislature recognizes the deleterious effects of gambling and particularly of video lottery and that the Legislature invites and encourages the Governor and representatives of various public and private sector entities to join together for the purpose of responsibly reducing and ultimately eliminating this state’s reliance on revenues that are generated through the video lottery and other forms of addictive gambling.

Day of Mourning – A Response to NY

Image and content from DayofMourning.org:

The state of New York just voted to expand abortion access right up to the birth of the baby! To celebrate this unbelievable

depravity they lit the One World Trade Center in pink! Women used to celebrate motherhood and find joy in their children. Today, in places like New York City, they are taking joy in destroying their children. The state of New York has crossed a line of inhumanity that should drive us to our knees. Forty-six years of the state-sanctioned killing of our most helpless and defenseless children should cause us to weep, to mourn, and to take action. What is to be thought of a society that kills her own children? What will the future be of such a heartless  society that celebrates such barbaric inhumanity?

“If the foundations be destroyed what shall the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3) We are calling for a national Day of Mourning and repentance. We are in desperate need for God to move upon the hearts of young and old in our nation. If our hearts do not break over the killing of these little image bearers of God in the womb, then how can we expect those growing up in this lost, confused and decadent culture to take our message seriously? Join us February 23rd for a “Day of Mourning.”

– WEAR BLACK

– DON’T SHOP

– CLOSE BUSINESSES

– REPENT FOR ABORTION

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Eddie’s Story – A #GivingTuesday Request

The first winter storm of the season is always a bit of a surprise. The day starts sunny and bright; construction workers run around on roof tops in t-shirts; moms take their kids to the park; homeowners put their plants on the porch to squeeze the last few rays of sunshine out of the fall. Then the storm front builds on the horizon. The roofers throw down tiles as fast as army ants; moms hurry their kids back home in strollers and bouncing on their hip; homeowners hustle their plants inside as the wind kicks up, blowing leaves from one yard to the next. There is a bite in the wind. And the storm descends. The snow swirls, then the white begins to accumulate, visibility ranges from vague to nothing. Whatever needed to be done is done, and everyone hunkers down to wait out the storm. Except for Eddie. And Phil and me.

We were heading home from Billings to Rapid with a stop off in Sheridan for fuel. The main difference between us and Eddie was that we were on four wheels and Eddie was on two. Of course, Phil had to connect. The front surfaces of Eddie’s bike were caked with ice and snow. The only part of him that we could see were his eyes.

“You remind me of my sons! I’m Phil.”

“I’m Eddie.”

“Where are you headed?”

“Billings to Denver.”

“Eddie, I have to ask. Are you doing this because you have to or because you want to?”

“Because I have to.” Bold, determined sigh.

“Eddie, do you know God?”

His eyes lit up. “Yes!”

“Can I pray for you?”

Again his eyes showed his approval.

Phil prayed for Eddie’s safety and courage and then gave him his cell number.

“Let me know when you get there. We’ll be praying for you all the way to the finish line.”

This isn’t just a cool, epic story. There is a parallel here that we don’t want you to miss.

The team at Family Heritage Alliance works on public policy. Much like the seasons of the year, politics has an ebb and flow, a dynamic of preparation, accomplishment, regrouping, planning. And much like Eddie, despite all the planning we can end up doing our work in some very uncomfortable climates. Not all our work is because we want to; much of it is because we have to. In order to see God honored in South Dakota, we have to take a stand, at times even opposing our friends. In order to see life being valued, we battle for the unborn and the elderly. In order to see families thrive, we support the education of our children from a Biblical worldview. And the climate is not always favorable.

But like Eddie, people come alongside us at FHA to pray for us, to point us toward resources and contacts, and to support us financially towards our goals. In this season in America and in the state of South Dakota, we cannot do this work without you. Your prayers and financial support are key in the success of this journey.

You may be wondering what happened to Eddie. He texted us late that night. He stopped in a small Wyoming town to spend the night. The hotel receptionist gave him a room and a meal at no charge. I’m sure that not only fed his body, but his soul as well. Eddie told Phil that he had no idea how his tires stuck to the road, but they did. “God must have done that.”

We are thankful that we reached out to Eddie and didn’t miss being a part of his adventure. Will you join us in being a part of what we can accomplish this year through FHA?

Today is #GivingTuesday, and the beginning of our end-of-year fundraiser. The recent Stand Banquets gave us a much needed boost, but we need an additional $20,000 in 501c4 Non-tax-deductible funds in order to be successful in the 2019 Legislative Session. We also are in need of $20,000 in 501c3 tax-deductible funds to support our continued work! Whether you are looking for a year-end tax-deduction or have a desire to support our efforts at the capitol, we need your help to reach our goal of raising $20,000 in 501c3 and $20,000 in 501c4 funds by January 31st!

Click Here to Donate to Family Heritage Alliance (501c3)

Click Here to Donate to FHA Action (501c4)

As always, checks to Family Heritage Alliance or FHA Action can be sent to PO Box 329, Rapid City, SD 57709. Thank you for standing with us through all types of weather!

-Phil & Charlotte Shively

Election Information

Endorsements and Oppositions by FHA Action

Legislators who scored 100% in the 2018 Legislative Session

2018 Legislative Scorecard

2017 Legislative Scorecard

2016 Legislative Scorecard

2018 SD Right to Life Scorecard

2018 Ballot Measures Pros & Cons pamphlet from the Secretary of State

 

 

Noem Endorsement Announement

 

 

 

Ravnsborg Endorsement Announcement

 

 

 

 

Johnson Endorsement Announcement

FHA Action Endorses Kristi Noem

South Dakota Family Heritage Alliance Action Endorses Kristi Noem for Governor of South Dakota

Having already served in the South Dakota House, Kristi Noem burst on the statewide political scene in her 2010 U. S. House campaign against a popular Democrat incumbent. Her perfect pro-life, pro-family record and an unshakeable faith in Almighty God was evident in her campaign and the people of South Dakota responded approvingly.

Over her nearly eight years of service in Congress, she has enhanced her perfect record of advocacy for issues of Faith, Family & Freedom.

Kristi’s outspoken support for life from conception to natural death, her consistent work to strengthen families while walking-the-walk of exemplary parenthood herself and her steadfast defense of freedom in the public square caused Family Heritage Alliance to recognize her as the recipient of the William Wilberforce Elected Leadership Award in 2014.

Her long record of standing for His righteousness with grace and her commitment to her Family First Initiative has made FHA Action’s choice easy; we enthusiastically endorse Kristi Noem for Governor of South Dakota.

 

Continuing the WDT Discussion

There is a growing number of people in the Rapid City area that are concerned with the addition of gender identity into the policies of Western Dakota Tech. On September 17 the Rapid City School Board voted 4-3 to add gender identity into the list of classes mentioned in policy #2005. Although the motive was understandable, the unintended consequences could be harmful.

A number of local Church-based Culture Impact Teams are concerned about the passage of this policy, and are committed to respectfully asking for the policy to be changed back. If you are interested in making your voice heard on this issue, you can still sign the petition we created and the public is always welcome to attend the school board meetings. Click here for the School Board Schedule, attend any or all of them! We are not asking for a large number of presenters at each meeting, but rather a large group of people, with one person simply expressing the concern of the group.

Click here for the original petition

School Board Meeting Schedule

Policy #2005

Norman’s Letter to the Board

Talking points from Ed Randazzo

Email the School Board