FHA Action 3.0

Welcome to the new improved FHA Action website.  It is our passion at FHA Action to make the process of communicating with you an effective, well-oiled machine.  As South Dakota’s 2016 legislative session draws closer, we wanted to roll out something that truly would make it easier for us to communicate to you.  But a one-sided conversation isn’t a conversation.  So we also wanted to make the process of you communicating with us easier as well.  So here is what version 3.0 of FHAAction.org delivers.  (By the way, we are still ramping this new site up, so for a few days yet, let’s call this version 3.0 beta).

  1. First and foremost, it was imperative that fhaaction.org be mobile friendly (or “responsive” as the geeks call it).  As the mobile traffic on our site continues to increase, we wanted to make it ever so easy for the mobile user to get to and consume the information on our site.  But, we wanted to retain the robust user experience you have come to expect from the our site on a desktop computer.  So, we met and exceeded these goals.  The new site looks smashing on a mobile device (see pictures upper right), but also works nicely on a full-size monitor.
  2. You will notice a much flatter, more crisp, business look.  We think it does a great job of saying “FHA Action means business” when it comes to promoting and protecting the values you cherish.
  3. Going forward, all our news, blogs, article, and alert posts will allow our users to comment.  Comments will be mildly mediated to assure a civil discourse.
  4. Just when you thought our advocacy tools couldn’t get any better, well guess what — they did.  We have a new and improved Legislative Radar (which currently is only showing demo data since the legislative session hasn’t begun) and the same great Action Center tools for contacting your elected officials and letting them know what you are thinking.
  5. Version 3.0 delivers a site that is “searchable” from stem to stern.  So if you are looking for a particular bill or person, the search bar will be waiting for you at the top of the right sidebar on any page beyond the home page.
  6. Also, on subsequent pages beyond the home page, you will find a list of “tags” and “categories” in the right sidebar.  Consider those to be a quick search index of information on the site.
  7. Our new site employs new technology to make it easier for search engines to find us and the content on our site quickly and efficiently.  This will make it much easier for folks who aren’t yet acquainted with FHA Action to find us as they are searching for a particular bill or political issue.
  8. For the power users, we now have a site that can easily be syndicated or subscribed to.  Subscribers will get all our updates in the email in-box or in other “feed-readers” you may have installed.  Use the little “RSS” feed icon located in the top right of every page or located at other locations around the site.
  9. Yes, there is a lot more yet to come, but this isn’t a bad start for our 2016 web presence!  I so wanted to say something silly like “yes there does seem to be a disturbance in the force”, but I decided against it.  One of the really cool tools we are playing with is a new iPhone and Android app that will allow the users to stay up to date on the important alerts as they happen.  More on that in a future post I hope!

 

2015 Legislative Scorecard Available Now

Well, we have been busy going over the work of the folks who represent you in Pierre.  The 2015 legislative session was a busy one, and FHA Action was in Pierre with two full-time lobbyists and a handful of additional ones who lobbied on specific issues.  We were there putting our efforts into protecting and promoting the values you cherish at the State Capitol.  As we gear up for the 2016 legislative session, we thought you might be interested in how your legislators did on some of the more important bills and measures that we were working.  We have prepared a concise scorecard that shows exactly that.  Click the image below to get your copy today.

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FGM Bill Signed by Governor

fgm_billEditor’s note: This article was written by Amy Willson who serves FHA Action as our Executive Assistant.

On Tuesday, March 10th Governor Dugaard signed HB 1089. 1089 is an act to ban the practice of female genital mutilation in SD (better known as the FGM Bill). FGM is recognized as a human rights violation and an extreme form of violence and discrimination against women and girls worldwide. FGM is most prevalent in communities in Africa and the Middle East but it is not confined to distant shores. According to a 2013 report by Sanctuary for Families, SD was found to have an estimated 1,344 women and children at risk for FGM. Even though FGM is a Federal crime in the US, there is a general lack of information about how to handle FGM. SD has now become the 24th state to place a state law prohibiting FGM which will help relevant local and civil society groups working in our communities to address this issue.

I was so proud to be able to work with Representative Lynn DiSanto and Senator Jenna Haggar who both embraced this bill when it was brought to them in January. I personally learned a lot about the political process and was honored that the FHA would allow me to lobby on behalf of such an important bill.