Dale’s Last FHA Action Capitol Blog – Day 35

The sun is beginning to set on the 92nd SD Legislative Session. After this Friday, March 10, all that remains is the Veto Override Day on Monday, March 27. This is a day when any bills the Governor may veto can be re-considered by the Legislature.

This morning we held our final Catacomb Caucus of this session and we concluded on a high note. The 35+ Legislators, Capitol staff, lobbyists and guests were blessed to be led in our devotional time by Trudy Qualm, wife of Representative Lee Qualm. Trudy has inspired all of us throughout this session in song and word as she used her talent on the guitar each Wednesday morning to lead us to the Throne in music. “Thank You, Trudy!”

We were more than gratified that the Senate concurred this past Tuesday with SB149, the ‘Faith-Based Adoption Agency Protection Act’. It was a strong Senate vote of 27 to 8. This now means that 70 of the 105 Legislators approved this good and right piece of legislation. Now it goes to the Governor’s Desk for either his signature or a veto. We need your HELP in the passage of SB149 a bill that ensures that faith-based adoption agencies in South Dakota are free to continue placing children and making decisions that are consistent with their sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions. The bill prevents the state from coming down with a “heavy hand” on any agency because that agency follows their convictions. Please call the Governor office today at 605-773-3212 and respectfully ask him to sign SB149 into law. This simply allows the Faith-Based Adoption Agency’s the right to continue doing what they have done for decades in the state of South Dakota – placing children in loving families.

In closing I want to extend an invitation to you to be our guests at one of three up-coming FHA Events. I, along with FHA Action Lobbyist Norman Woods, will be sharing a complete wrap-up of this Legislative Session at three different FHA Events (March 21, 22 and 23). For more information and/or to register for one of these FREE informative events please go to our website at….FamilyHeritageAlliance.org and click on the EVENT you are most interested in.

It has been my honor to have spent some time with you in these FHA Action Capitol Blogs over the last 8 weeks. Together we are better and stronger!

Dale’s FHA Action’s Blog – Day 4

Today brings the conclusion of the first week of the 92nd Legislative Session. I am reminded of the words of Vern McLellan who wrote: “What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.” I would hope that I, along with FHA Action Lobbyist Norman Woods, will always bring to the Session a sense of truth, discernment, a gratitude attitude and most of all a Christ-like spirit.

Committees like the House Education Committee pictured here are in full swing. Norman and I anticipate we’ll be spending significant time testifying in the following Senate and House Committees: Education, Judiciary, Health and Human Services and State Affairs.

On a lighter note Norman and I are blessed with this year’s lodging arrangement in Pierre as we are able to financially afford the rental of a snowbird’s home. It is conveniently located 3 blocks from the Capitol. As always we strive to be financial stewards of FHA Action Funds during the Legislative Session so we’ll be cooking most of our meals at home. My wife will tell you that I’m not a cook but thankfully Norman is …. kind of ….and I’ve attached a photo proving his expertise in this area.

Please follow the work of the FHA ACTION on your behalf right here on FHAAction.org.  Keep an eye on our legislative radar here.

Dale’s Blog – Day 2

It has been wisely said by Jerry Panas, “I am told that the world is divided into three types: Those who are immovable, those who are movable, and those who move.” This statement certainly reflects the lifestyles of both FHA Action Lobbyist Norman Woods and myself this past week. We have definitely been “on the move” as we moderated our Two-City FHA Legislative Preview Tour across the state of SD hosting in Rapid City and Sioux Falls. All this before making our way to the Capitol to settle in on our responsibilities, during the 92nd SD Legislative Session, as Lobbyists for the FHA Action.

Our first order of things was to simply re-acquaint ourselves some the 105 Legislators who grace the House (70) and Senate (35). For at least a third of the 105 Legislators this is a new and exciting journey.

Today our Legislature held a joint session where Chief Justice David Gilbertson delivered the State of the Judiciary Address. I was inspired as prior to this address the Legislature once again bowed their heads in prayer and called on the ultimate Judge….the Lord our God….to grant wisdom to these making such important decisions in the days and weeks to follow.

Please follow the work of the FHA ACTION on your behalf right here on FHAAction.org.  Keep an eye on our legislative radar here.