The 2017 Student Privacy Act

HELP US Pass – SB115 – The Student Privacy Act!

On Wednesday, January 25, Senate Bill 115 (Click Here for the Bill) – The Student Privacy Act – was posted on the SD Legislative Website.  It will be first heard in the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, January 31 at 7:45 a.m. (CST).

The Family Heritage Alliance Action enthusiastically endorses the passage of SB115 and applauds the bill’s Sponsors, Senator Lance Russell (District 30) and Representative Tom Brunner (District 29), for championing this family valued legislation.

Protecting the privacy and dignity of all students while under the care of our public schools is a high priority. Thus, FHA Action is endeavoring to ensure that every South Dakota student is guaranteed a baseline of privacy while using public school locker rooms, showers and other changing facilities while still permitting local schools to craft accommodations that suit the needs of their student body. SB115 is a vital step towards accomplishing this goal.

Upon comparison of the 2016 Student Privacy Act (HB1008) and this 2017 Act, several main differences will be apparent. First, we have improved the language in almost every section of the bill to make for a better law. For example, provisions are added for parents needing to help small children, and schools may rely upon a student’s original birth certificate as definitive evidence of a student’s sex. Second, the “restroom” provision has been removed from the discussion. We have been given counsel by several stakeholders that this would be a reasonable compromise, and we have agreed. The law would provide protections for the most intimate areas—locker rooms, showers and changing facilities, where privacy concerns are at their greatest.

Your opportunity to ACT is NOW.  Your voice must be heard in Pierre as our SD Legislature and Governor must be encouraged to do what is right – it’s common sense as every child’s privacy matters.  Respectfully encourage a YES Vote on SB115.

Please follow the work of the FHA Action, during the Legislative Session, by going to FHA Action’s Legislative Radar (Click Here) and from here you will be able to contact your Legislators.

2016 Legislative Session Day 20

2016day20b2016day20a2016day20cOne word which typifies the heart of the FHA Action is the word – RELATIONSHIPS.  I am thrilled to run into friends, many of whom hold to the same Christian Worldview as I do, here at the Capitol.  It was great visiting with Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender as he was at the Capitol attending several meetings.  Hot Springs Pastor and friend, Phillip Shively, came to the Capitol for THREE days and spent his time shadowing both Rep. Scott Craig, pictured here, along with FHA Lobbyist Norman Woods and myself.  Another Pastor showed up on the Capitol’s doorstep this past week in Pastor Sean McPherson of Rapid City.  Sean’s also thrown his hat into the ring as a Candidate for the SD House in District 32.  I really appreciate his Campaign’s motto as it reads:  “Family Focused – Family First”.

2016day20Kitty WerthmannThis year….PRO-LIFE BILLS ABOUND…and it’s wonderful!  It is so good to see our friend and SD Eagle Forum President Kitty Werthmann still lobbying hard at the Capitol for our Christian Values.  This week Kitty took to the testimony chair as she supported SB 72.  This is a Bill crafted by the South Dakota Right to Life and it will prohibit the abortion of an unborn child who is capable of experiencing pain.  This is frequently referred to as the Pain Capable Child Protection Act and it will heard in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee this Wednesday, Feb. 17.

BTW – This week HB1008, a Bill called our Student Physical Privacy Act and supported by FHA Action, was passed out of the Senate Education Committee on a vote of 4 to 2.  It will now be voted on by the full Senate as early as this Tuesday, Feb. 16.  HB 1008 simply requires students to use the bathrooms of their biological sex and accommodates for those walking through gender confusion.  Please visit our LEGISLATIVE RADAR for this and other bills we are working.  To send your Senate a clear and passionate email asking him/her to VOTE YES on HB 1008, click here!

Until NEXT TIME please keep looking up and forward my friends!