Legislative session preview gives South Dakotan’s a chance to see what is coming up

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Community members gathered at the Holiday Inn next to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center to hear Americans for Prosperity and how they think South Dakota can be a better state.

A legislative preview was presented by Americans for Prosperity, a political advocacy group, to show the people of South Dakota what they hope to see changed in the next legislative session. Three main topics discussed were occupational licensing and how it can be a barrier for people getting jobs, taxes, and how low level drug offenders and how to deal with them properly.

Don Hagger, the state director for the organization says they have invested a lot of time to study addiction treatment. He said “This summer we have had five meetings with addiction treatment providers with parents of addicts with the Department of Corrections staff trying to find evidence based successful practices that treat that addiction. Because we know that if you treat addiction the crime rate will go down.”

Americans for Prosperity has a main goal of breaking down barriers that stand in the way of people improving their lives.


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