In case you missed them in the e-news or Facebook posts, here are the Allies Update videos we posted during the 2019 Legislative Session! Please note, we have many friends and allies at the Capitol and this is not meant to be an exclusive list!
On February 27, the SD House of Representatives passed a resolution presented by Representative Hansen “Denouncing the recent passage of New York’s abortion law and requesting that the Governor declare a day of prayer and fasting to atone for the unspeakable crime of abortion.”
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
Family Heritage Alliance Action opposes Senate Joint Resolution 2.
While the prospect of a new untapped revenue stream for our state is attractive, it requires a Constitutional amendment to do so. Constitutional amendments should be proposed with extreme scrutiny beforehand.
We have already authorized both destination gambling and video lottery gambling and as a result South Dakota is regrettably already dependent on the revenue from those gambling sources. Now we are considering the further expansion of gambling should this proposed amendment be approved.
With each expansion of gambling comes a human price, as more will be attracted to the lure of winning but too many of them will fall victim to their addiction. And with each expansion of gambling, the State of South Dakota will become further addicted to the revenue realized.
While SJR 2 will only place the amendment on the ballot in 2020 and the expansion will be limited to Deadwood and Native American casinos, in short order gambling on literally thousands of events will be authorized.
There is also the danger that we are at the beginning of changing the entire paradigm of sports as well.
In the early days of Major League Baseball gambling became a problem. New York Giant’s stars Hal Chase and Heinie Zimmerman were both blacklisted for bribing teammates to throw games. And most famously, the White Sox “fixed” the 1919 World Series. In both cases, sports betting was the cause.
Back then, it took a couple of hundred dollars to bribe a ballplayer. These days we would struggle to imagine what it would take to convince a ballplayer making millions of dollars a year to throw a game. However, amateur athletes or college athletes could be bought more cheaply.
Finally, the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, did not speak to the legality of sports betting. It specifically ruled that one particular federal gambling statute, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, violated the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution because it illegally empowered the federal government to order certain states to take specific actions to disallow sports gambling. In fact, as noted in its ruling, if Congress were to pass a statute to directly ban sports gambling; such a bill would likely survive legal scrutiny.
If this SJR 2 is approved by the voters, is the state betting that the Federal Government will not ban it?
Not everyone wins when vices go mainstream.
Please help us to defeat SJR 2, email your Senator today!
Constitutional Sports Betting on the Ballot in 2020?
Yes, if a Senate Joint Resolution (SJR2) passes in both the South Dakota Senate and House in this Legislative Session.
You may remember that in 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court specifically ruled in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, that one particular federal gambling statute, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, violated the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution because it illegally empowered the federal government to order certain states to disallow sports gambling. It did not speak to the legality of sports betting, per se. In fact as noted in its ruling that if Congress was to pass a statute to directly ban sports gambling; such a bill would likely survive legal scrutiny. No such federal law exists.
In South Dakota, sports betting is currently prohibited by the Constitution so a Constitutional Amendment would be necessary to legalize it. The easiest way to get it on the ballot in 2020 is via joint resolution passed by both the Senate and House. With their votes in 2020 South Dakotans will decide if they wish to authorize an expansion of gambling in South Dakota.
SJR2 seeks to authorize sports betting only in Deadwood, but if authorized it would also be allowed in reservation casinos as well.
To be sure, illegal sports betting currently exists, but its access is somewhat limited. Because of its legality problem, it produces zero revenue for the state. The fact that a new revenue stream may be created by legalization will peak the interest of some. Initially those folks will minimize the likelihood of an increase in gambling addiction with its attendant costs to society because there is no reliable evidence to quantify it. If SJR2 is approved by the voters, additional legislation will be required to regulate it and earmark expected revenue increases including how much revenue may be allocated for addiction counseling, etc.
South Dakota already has a gambling addiction in that in 2018 the South Dakota Lottery provided $124.7 million to the general fund.
But there is more than just the monetary factor to consider here. Sports betting has the very real potential to change the integrity of performance of athletes in the competitive sports world. Will the performance of players be affected by the point spread? (In 1919, the World Series was tainted by eight players that were corrupted by sports betting.) What do you think? Tell us in the comments below.
The Christmas trees are gone from the Capitol Building. There are new names over the office doors and on some legislator’s desk tops. Your Family Heritage Alliance Action lobbying team is on the ground in Pierre. It must be January.
As we return to the Capitol, it is impossible to enter without a profound awe for the magnificent structure and the quality of the people that we have elected to serve here and their willingness to accept this responsibility.
We now have heard the Governor’s State of the State message, the Chief Justice’s State of the Judiciary message and the State of the Tribes message. It must be the end of the first week of the 94th Legislative Session.
It was a week for making new relationships with the new legislators and renewing ones with returning legislators, meeting and conferring with like-minded allies, and watching as bills are “dropped,” read and assigned to committees for consideration, for debate and determination if they will advance to a chamber floor for debate and decision.
Norman and I have already begun poring over the bills already filed and visited with legislators busy in the process of drafting a bill and securing the support of their colleagues.
We, in fact, have already determined that we will support HB1040, a bill that was passed by both houses of the legislature last year only to be vetoed by Governor Daugaard. It would level the playing field for homeschool students to qualify for South Dakota Opportunity Scholarships.
There were 591 bills and resolutions filed last session. There are only 88 bills and resolutions filed at this writing. So there is much more we will share with you in the weeks to come. Please the Legislative Radar to stay informed and engaged in the public square where the laws we must live by are made.
Norman and I will stay here in Pierre to advance and defend the values we hold dear for you.
Ed Randazzo and I were proud to represent FHA Action during the 2018 Legislative Session and were honored to be a part in several victories including the passage of SB110 which held Planned Parenthood of SD accountable for several failures and the defeat of SJR9 which was the first step towards an expansion of gambling into Yankton, SD.
Ministry Leader’s Capitol Summit
This event is always a highlight of our Legislative session, and 2018 was no exception! When asked to share the most rewarding part of the day, attendees responded with favorites like: “Ushering prayer into the capitol,” “Praying with Legislators,” “Meeting with like-minded believers,” & “Filling the Capitol with praise to God as we sang on the steps” (my personal favorite).
Culture Impact Teams
Under Phil Shively’s leadership, we has been able to increase the Culture Impact Team network across the state and have already seen the success of these teams in situations like the Western Dakota Tech. Policy #2005 campaign. The Rapid City teams were called upon, and helped us collect over 420 signatures in 2 weeks!
The StEP Worldview Class
In May/June of 2018, 12 students attended the first “StEP” class. Here’s what Riley had to say after finishing:
“I enjoyed learning about the different worldviews; it amazes me that after taking this class I can clearly define the differences in beliefs. I have noticed myself identifying worldviews by listening to people; I believe this helps me in debating because I know what they truly believe before entering into a debate. The biggest takeaway for me is the fact that so many people settle for cloudy answers to important questions instead of searching for and researching the truth. People rarely think for themselves. Even those people raised in Christian homes fall away from the church and want to experience & believe what the world is offering instead of questioning what the world is offering.” -Riley (StEP Worldview Student)
Our Vision for 2019
As we look to the next year, our purpose remains simple: we will continue to protect and promote Faith, Family & Freedom through working to stop threatening policy decisions from being made and through equipping statesman to enact good public policy.
South Dakota has been given an opportunity unlike most other states. We are, as a state, beginning a period of potential.
Look to the Governor’s office, you will see strong Christian leadership.
Look to the Senate chamber, you will see capable Godly leaders.
Look to the House, you will see leaders committed to Biblical values.
This is not to say that no previous Governor has been committed to Biblical values, nor that members of Legislative leadership have never given an ear to Faith, Family & Freedom, but simply that the future looks bright as we begin to work with the new Administration and new Legislative leaders.
What does this mean? That it’s time for Christians to “take a break” because there are good leaders in place? No, far from it. This means that it’s our time to shine. We need to continue offering research help to our allies, and enable them to make the most of the opportunities ahead. We need to continue building the Culture Impact Team network, and show the State that when leaders take a stand, the body of Christ will stand with them.
Thank you for your involvement in 2018, and we look forward to your standing with us in 2019 as we work to make South Dakota a State where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive & life is cherished!
I sat down to watch the classic movie “The Sound of Music” this past Sunday evening. I had seen it several times before, but I watched it with renewed interest. There was something deeper and more meaningful this time as I was drawn into the significance of the story.
The music was incredible, of course, but what impressed me and made the movie so moving, tender and powerful were several things:
LOVE: The expression of unselfish sacrificial love, respect and devotion throughout the film was in the spirit of the Christmas season. Love is what turned the hearts of the children from their mischievous ways. Maria and Capt. Von Trapp’s relationship was one of respect, purity, love and devotion.
GOD’S CALL: Maria’s Reverend Mother in the movie so beautifully stated that God has given each of us a calling in our life and dreams to fulfill. I believe that calling is different for each of us, but it has the same purpose and that is to bring God glory, which in turn produces peace and contentment.
FAITH AND ACTION: Opportunity for fear, retreat and defeat presented itself throughout the movie, but faith and determination was put into action to help overcome. We all have the assurance that we don’t have to face our challenges alone.
PATRIOTISM: Capt. Von Trapp’s love and devotion for his home county of Austria was inspiring. The movie doesn’t give us any detail about his service to his country but only speaks of his retirement. He is an example of why we need patriots in service to our state and country. His country’s situation is an example to us in our state of South Dakota and in America; could something like this happen to us? The movie suggests an element of complacency and lack of understanding in judging the times they lived in. We must all be proactive in electing people who will stand up for righteousness to preserve our freedoms.
TEAM WORK: We need each other to accomplish the goals that God has given us. The Von Trapp family couldn’t have escaped their uncertain future without the help of their dear friend and the sisters in the convent!
There are many parallels in “The Sound of Music” and the goals we have at Family Heritage Alliance. It is our desire to support the family; loving our children and honoring marriage between one man and one woman; a state where God is honored and families flourish. It is FHA’s calling.
There is no shortage of opportunities to put our faith into action. Each session bills are introduced in the state legislature which gives all of us opportunity to act. Many of the bills are not favorable to faith, family and freedom, but we won’t give in. We will take a stand for righteousness, and we will keep you informed.
We at Family Heritage Alliance also rely on teamwork. We live in uncertain times in that our values of faith, family and freedom are constantly being challenged. We are grateful that we live in one of the most conservative states in America. We must do all we can to protect and promote what God has established. Teamwork may take the form of a call to action, prayer and of course financial resources.
Thank you for your past support. We couldn’t do it without you. We know that’s an overused statement but it’s so true. FHA is your voice and your ally in our state legislature and in other areas of government. Would you prayerfully consider a generous gift that will allow us to put your faith and FHA’s faith into action? Both Family Heritage Alliance and FHA Action (our C4 site) need $20,000 to meet our goals. The legislative session will begin early January. WE NEED YOU!
Please pray and ask the Lord what He would like you to give. We would be very grateful for a year end gift. Also, would you consider adding a monthly gift to your budget? Your gift is an investment for you, your children, your grandchildren and the generations to come. You and I have the potential to shape history for God’s glory!
Gifts can be made using the buttons below,
or if you wish to mail your gift, they can be sent to:
P.O. Box 329 in Rapid City, SD 57709 or P.O. Box 87897 in Sioux Falls, SD 57109
FROM THE STAFF AT FHA,
WE WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
AND MAY THE LORD RICHLY BLESS YOU IN 2019!
I call it Anticipation Month.
The children and grandchildren anticipate Santa’s visit.
At Family Heritage Alliance we anticipate the joy of commemorating the birth of Our Savior Jesus Christ and the gathering of family and friends.
Just beyond Christmas we anticipate the arrival of the new year and the inauguration of a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Constitutional Officers, Legislators and the beginning of the 2019 Legislative Session on January 8th.
We anticipate forging a positive relationship with our new Governor and her administration and the newly elected Legislators as well as renewing relationships with returning Legislators.
Last week, Executive Director Norman Woods shared with you a partial list of the legislation we anticipate will be considered in the upcoming session. They include Assisted Suicide, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Homeschool Education, Free Speech, Alienation of Affection, Sports Betting and more.
We anticipate a very busy schedule that will demand our full time active presence in Pierre and we need your financial help to make it happen.
Our annual Stand Banquets provided a much-needed financial boost, but we fell short of what we need, especially with regard to FHA Action, non-tax-deductible funds. In order to have a successful Legislative Session in 2019, we need $20,000 in FHA Action funds before January 31st. We urgently need your help to meet that goal!
We have also set a goal of raising $20,000 in 501(c)(3), tax-deductible funds before January 31st. These dollars will continue to equip our staff in networking, alliance building, CIT engagement, public education, and many other areas.
We anticipate that God, working through you, our loyal contributors, will help us meet these goals.
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As 2018 draws to a close and our minds turn to homemade cookies and Christmas carols, I wanted to take a moment give you an update on FHA as well as explain our current goals. Since the Stand Banquets in September, we’ve had several irons in the fire. There have been several major successes in building the CIT Team network as more churches catch the vision and want to influence their culture, namely within the realm of public policy. Through those networks and other connections we’ve been active at the Rapid City School Board, voicing our opposition to their addition of problematic language into the policies of Western Dakota Tech. After the November election we began actively preparing for the upcoming legislative session which is shaping up to be a whirlwind! We have two Legislative briefings coming up, which will be a time for us to really take a deep dive with legislative allies and organizational allies into what we can expect to see this session. We are already aware of several issues that we expect to see this session:
Assisted Suicide: In the last election cycle, the proponents of a practice called “Physician Assisted Suicide” were unable to get the number of signatures needed to place the issue on the 2018 ballot. Because of this failure to reach the ballot, we expect to see a piece of legislation allowing this practice to be presented during the 2019 session.
SOGI: If you have seen any of our recent articles discussing the blue and white billboards that are popping up in South Dakota, you know that Colorado money is wanting to add Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to our statutory protected classes list. Our prediction is that a ballot measure in the coming years is the most probable avenue they will take, but a legislative attempt is still a real possibility.
Alienation of Affection: There has been a lot of discussion lately in the news media about the Alienation of Affection statute in South Dakota. This statute essentially allows someone to file suit against another person who allegedly broke up your marriage and alienated you from the affection of your spouse. Some claim this statute treats people as property, while others speak to the legal weight and importance the language gives to the institution of marriage.
These are only 3 of 12 bills that we are already expecting to see this legislative session, and we need your help! The Stand Banquets in September gave us a much-needed financial boost, but we fell short of what we need, especially with regard to FHA Action, non-tax-deductible funds. Because of this, we have set a goal of raising $20,000 in FHA Action funds before January 31st. In order to have a successful Legislative Session in 2019, we need your help!
We have also set a goal of raising $20,000 in 501(c)(3), tax-deductible funds before January 31st. These dollars will continue to equip our staff in networking, alliance building, CIT engagement, public education, and many other areas. Would you consider Family Heritage Alliance in your Year-End giving?