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Coming soon: information on 2020 Legislative Day

Legislative Day 2019: February 12, 2019

Pierre State Capitol



2019 SDLA Legislative Platform (PDF)

Tips for Addressing Legislators (word doc) by SDLA Lobbyist, Eric E. Erickson

Winning Over Decision Makers, (presentation) by SDLA Lobbyist Eric E. Erickson

Please register if you plan on attending!: RSVP here

SDLA encourages attendees to invite the legislators from their area.  They can find their legislators at the following link:  : Find your Legislators Here


9:30-2:00              SDSL and SDLA info tables in the Capitol Rotunda

9:30-11:30            Informal mingling with legislators

11:30-1:00            Catered lunch with legislators in the Capitol Rotunda

1:30-3:15              SDLA Board Meeting (Rawlings Municipal Library, everyone welcome)

1:30-2:30              SDSL Board Meeting (State Library, everyone welcome)

1:30-3:15              Librarians can visit the House and Senate (we are usually acknowledged from the floor)

3:30-4:30              State Library’s Accreditation Ceremony (cake and coffee) in the Capitol Rotunda




The South Dakota Library Association supports the ALA Libraries transform campaign. This campaign is designed to increase awareness of the many services that libraries provide in the digital age and highlights how libraries are more valuable than ever to their communities.  There are many useful resources available at  and also at to help increase awareness of the value of your library.


SDLA Lobbyist: Eric E. Erickson


Cutler Law Firm, LLP

P.O. Box 1400
Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1400


For Eric's biographical information and attorney profile, please visit:



Impact of IMLS Defunding

Letter from SD State Librarian Daria Bossman on the importance of IMLS for SD libraries.


"Winning over decision makers" webinar

This informative webinar presented by SDLA Lobbyist Eric Erickson is designed to help prepare you to advocate for libraries at Legislative Day or just in your hometown.  Find techniques for transforming decision makers into library advocates.  Learn how to work with local and state legislators, council/commission members, alder people, etc. as you work to meet your community’s needs.

To view this webinar click here and enter LegDay2017
(Note: Due to technical diffculties the audio does cut out towards the end of the video)

Powerpoint slides of the presentation are available here.


Federal Issues and National Legislature links:



  • Library Advocate’s Handbook-Published by the American Library Association, this handbook is a quick guide on how to advocate for your library.
  • Advocacy University-Organized by topic, by challenge or by specific group, this site has training videos, documents, and books to help you learn how to advocate for your library.


Library Issues Committee

The SDLA Library Issues Committee keeps track of local, state and federal issues that affect South Dakota’s libraries and librarians. When an issue arises, they inform the members of SDLA about the issue. This allows all members of SDLA to contact appropriate legislators or other decision-makers to influence in favor of South Dakota’s libraries and librarians. The Library Issues committee also proposes a legislative platform for each South Dakota legislative session and plans the annual Legislative Day for SDLA.  The committee consists of ten members representing the state's ten geographic areas. 

SDLA District 1 Raven Christman (18)
· Legislative districts 28, 28A, 28B, 29, 31, 34
· 12 legislators
· Includes cities of Belle Fourche, Bison, Box Elder, Buffalo, Deadwood, Dupree, Eagle Butte, Faith, Lead, Lemmon, Newell, parts of Rapid City, Ridgeview, Spearfish, Sturgis, Timber Lake, Wakpala, and Whitewood

SDLA District 2  Elizabeth Fox chair (19)
· Legislative districts 30, 32, 33, 35
· 12 legislators
· Includes cities of Custer, Doland, Edgemont, Hermosa, Hot Springs, Hill City, Keystone, Mellette, Olerichs, parts of Rapid City, and Wall

SDLA District 3 Freya Simpson (18)
· Legislative districts 21, 24, 26, 26A, 26B, 27
· 12 legislators
· Includes cities of Allen, Avon, Batesland, Burke, Chamberlain, Colome, Dallas, Gregory, Hecla, Hyde, Interior, Jackson, Kennebec, Kimball, Kyle, Lake Andes, Lower Brule, Manderson, Martin, Midland, Murdo, Oglala, Onida, Philip, Pierre, Pine Ridge, Platte, Porcupine, Presho, St. Francis, Stephan, Todd, Wagner, White River, Winner, and Wood

SDLA District 4 Kristin Echtenkamp (19)
· Legislative districts 1, 2, 3, 23
· 12 legislators
· Includes cities of Aberdeen, Bowdle, Bristol, Britton, Castlewood, Claremont, Clark, Estelline, Eureka, Faulkton, Frederick, Gettysburg, Groton, Hayti, Herreid, Hoven, Ipswich, Lake Norden, Langford, Leola, McLaughlin, Miller, Mobridge, Redfield, Roscoe, Rosholt, Selby, Sisseton, Summit, Tulare, Warner, Waubay, Webster, Willow Lake, and Wilmot

SDLA District 5 Nita Gill (19) 
· Legislative districts 4, 5, 7
· 9 legislators
· Includes cities of Big Stone, Brookings, Clear Lake, Elkton, Florence, Gary, Henry, Milbank, Revillo, Strandburg, Volga, and Watertown

SDLA District 6  OPEN
 · Legislative districts 8, 20, 22
· 9 legislators
· Includes cities of Arlington, Canova, Carthage, Chester, DeSmet, Erwin, Ethan, Forestburg, Iroquois, Madison, Flandreau, Howard, Huron, Lake Preston, Letcher, Mitchell, Mount Vernon, Oldham, Plankinton, Presho, Rutland, Wessington Springs, White Lake, Wolsey, and Woonsocket

SDLA District 7 Lindsay Reuer (19)
· Legislative districts 9, 10, 25
· 9 legislators
· Includes cities of Brandon, Dell Rapids, Hartford and parts of Sioux Falls

SDLA District 8 Steve Johnson (19)  
· Legislative districts 6, 12, 13
· 9 legislators
· Includes cities of Harrisburg, parts of Sioux Falls, and Tea

SDLA District 9 Marsha Stacey (19)
· Legislative districts 11, 14, 15
· 9 legislators
· Includes parts of Sioux Falls

SDLA District 10 Susie Lippert (19) 
· Legislative districts 16, 17, 18, 19
· 12 legislators
· Includes cities of Alcester, Alexandria, Armour, Beresford, Bridgewater, Canistota, Canton, Centerville, Corsica, Elk Point, Freeman, Gayville, Irene, Lennox, Marion, Menno, Montrose, North Sioux City, Parker, Parkston, Salem, Scotland, Springfield, Tabor, Tripp, Tyndall, Vermillion, Viborg, Volin, Wakonda, Worthing, and Yankton

Past Legislative Platforms

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