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Defining the ‘Swamp’

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A must read on the ArgusLeader.com concerning the problems with Article V Convention, AKA Convention of States.

Defining the ‘Swamp’

A good discussion needs clear definitions, so I am going to define “swamp” for Jeffrey Church re: his March 9 letter to the editor (‘Eighteen state senators vote to keep the swamp’) and for readers, as it will clear up the issue.

The swamp is the entrenched, rut riding bureaucrats that permeate our civic institutions. It is not the institutions and it is not the Constitution that is the problem. Let us keep the focus on the problems. If we can maintain our focus, then we do the hard work of replacing bureaucrats with statesmen.

Church will not fix “decades of overreach, judicial legislation and surrender of state sovereignty” with a new Constitution and the same bad riders. Our Constitution is neither vague nor silent, our legislators are. We need new riders, not a new Constitution. Fear sits on the gate with those that beg for a new horse when all we need is a better rider. In the history of modern government, there has never been such a fine, longstanding and democratic document as our U.S. Constitution. Leave it alone. Retain the focused senators that see the problems with an Article V convention and don’t let the “swamp” change the Constitution.

U.S. Constitution Requires No Revising

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Excellent letter on ArgusLeader.com concerning the problems with Article V Convention, AKA Convention of States.

U.S. Constitution Requires No Revising

Kudos to the South Dakota State Senators who see the inherent problems with an Article V Convention application regardless of the supposed purpose. Those 18 senators rightly opposed Senate Joint Resolution 3, the measure that would put our U.S. Constitution up for grabs. They are the ones who are watching our back and not succumbing to the false notion that an Article V Constitutional Convention, aka Convention of States, would cure all ills in our federal government. It simply is the wrong and dangerous tool to control an out-of-control government. The Constitution is not the problem and does not need revision or amending. It needs observance.

State Legislative Update: Education and State Constitution

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EDUCATION

SB94 would make the Opportunity Scholarship available to qualifying homeschool students.  We support this good bill, and it has been receiving good backing in the legislature.

STATUS: SB94 passed in the Senate, passed in the House State Affairs yesterday morning with a vote of 11-1, and will now be voted on in the House. Click here to view the bill, the votes, and track the status.

ACTION:  Contact your state representatives and ask them to vote YES on SB94. Us this example: [email protected], phone the House lobby and leave a message at (605) 773-3821, or click here to find out who your representatives are and how to contact them individually.

SB117 is another good bill that is receiving favorable consideration.  It would make a few adjustments to the Partners in Education program that they are required to do as the program progresses.

STATUS: SB117 passed in the Senate and passed in the House Education Committee.  It will next be heard in the House. Click here to view the bill, the votes, and track the status.

ACTION:  Contact your state representatives and ask them to support SB117. Use this example: [email protected], phone the House lobby and leave a message at (605) 773-3821, or click here to find out who your representatives are and how to contact them individually.

STRENGTHEN OUR STATE CONSTITUTION

SJR1 is a joint resolution that would be submitted to the voters in the November 2018 election for their approval.  If approved, it will change the threshold to make an amendment to our state constitution.  Any change thereafter would require a 55% vote of the people rather than the current 50%.

CWA supports this effort because any amendments to our Constitution should be considered with arduous and careful effort.

STATUS: In January it passed the Senate. SJR1 passed in the House State Affairs Committee yesterday, February, 26 with a vote of 12-2.  Click here to view the resolution, the votes, and track the status.

No action needed at this time.

PRAYER:  Please pray for these issues.  Pray for your representatives by name as you contact them.  Pray they do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord.

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]

Urgent: Your Action Needed on Gambling Bill to Be Voted on Tomorrow, February 21

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“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil:  Who put darkness for light and light for darkness;Who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20

Gambling is not good for South Dakota!

 SJR9 is a Joint Resolution submitting to the voters in the next general election permission to give the city of Yankton authority to erect a casino for games of chance (roulette, keno, craps, limited card games, and slot machines).  SJR9 will be heard in the Senate Local Government Committee tomorrow, February 21.

ACTION: Contact the members of the committee and your state senator and ask them to vote NO on SJR9.  Stress that we do not need any further expansion of gambling in our state. Let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota.

  • Click here to contact the members of the Senate Local Government Committee.
  • If you know who you senator is, use this example to email him/her: [email protected], or phone the Senate lobby and leave a message at (605) 773-3821. Click here to find out who your senator is and how to contact him/her individually.

PRAYER: Please pray that the efforts of those pushing gambling in our state would be thwarted.

Sincerely,

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]
sd.cwfa.org

Legislative Update: Sanctity of Life and Education

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“The question is not whether we legislate morality, but whose morality we legislate.” Chuck Colson

 SANCTITY OF LIFE LEGISLATION

We are pleased to report that SB 110 passed the Senate on Tuesday, February 6, by a vote of 27 to 8. Check the votes here. It will now head to the House.

This bill will bring some transparency to the disclosure of information given to women seeking abortion at Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls, our only remaining abortion facility.  It aims to set right the wrong done to our legislators and governor who passed and signed additions to our abortion disclosure law in previous years.  In addition, this bill exposes Planned Parenthood’s failure to adequately present the disclosures (informed consent) as required by state law. It requires Pregnancy Help Centers to also provide certain disclosures, ensuring pregnant mothers receive accurate information when considering an abortion.

ACTION:  Contact your representatives and ask them to vote YES on SB 110.  You may email using this example[email protected],  call the House lobby at 605-773-3851 to leave a message, and/or click here to find out who your representatives are and how to contact them individually.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota.

HOMESCHOOL LEGISLATION

HB 1120, the “Homeschool Activities Equal Access” bill,  failed in the House Education Committee on January 31.  Check the votes here. HB 1120 would have provide[d] equal access for all students to activities sponsored by the South Dakota High School Activities Association or school districts. However, the “smoke out” of the bill was successful, thus forcing the committee to send it to the House floor for debate and a vote.  Check the votes here.  We wanted a “Yes” vote.  As of today, HB 1120 has not been placed on the calendar for a vote pending an amendment.

We are pleased to report that SB 94, the “Homeschool Opportunity Scholarship Equity” bill, passed in the Senate.  Check the votes here. The bill will establish certain provisions regarding the opportunity scholarship program, making the program fair for homeschoolers.

It has not yet been scheduled in the House Education Committee.

ACTION:  Contact your state representatives and urge them to support these two homeschool bills. You may email using this example[email protected],  call the House lobby at 605-773-3851 to leave a message, and/or click here to find out who your representatives are and how to contact them individually. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota.

PARTNERS IN EDUCATION LEGISLATION

Two bills, SB 117 and HB 1221, have made a few adjustments that they are required to do as the program progresses. The purpose of SB 117 is to revise certain provisions regarding the partners in education tax credit program. The purpose of HB 1221, a program that was passed into law two years ago that we were involved in, is to expand the partners in education tax credit program to include tribally controlled schools on a federally recognized Indian reservation.

ACTION:  No action is needed at this time.

 PRAYER:  Please pray for the success of each one of these bills.  May their opposition be thwarted.

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]
sd.cwfa.org

Legislative Update: Life, Homeschool, and the State Constitution

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“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” — Ephesians 6:13

The South Dakota Legislature has important bills that need your support and prayers.

LIFE

SB 110 is an excellent pro-life bill that will bring transparency to the disclosure of information given to women seeking abortion at Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls, our only remaining abortion facility.  This bill exposes Planned Parenthood’s failure to adequately present the disclosures (informed consent) as required by state law.  It requires pregnancy help centers to also provide certain disclosures, ensuring pregnant mothers receive accurate information when considering an abortion.

Status: The Senate Committee on State Affairs is likely to hear SB 110 on Friday, February 2.

CWA supports this bill that aims to set aright the wrong done to our legislators and governor who passed and signed additions to our abortion disclosure law in previous years.

Action:  Contact your state senator and ask him/her to vote YES on SB 110.  You may email using this example: [email protected]. Click here to find out who your senator is, or call the Senate lobby to leave a message at (605) 773-3821.

HOMESCHOOL
SB 94, the “Homeschool Opportunity Scholarship Equity” bill, will “establish certain provisions regarding the opportunity scholarship program,” making the program fair for homeschoolers.

Status: SB 94 passed in the Senate and will now head to the House.  Check the votes here.

HB 1120, the “Homeschool Activities Equal Access” bill, will “provide equal access for all students to activities sponsored by the South Dakota High School Activities Association or school districts.”  

Status: URGENT – HB 1120 will be heard in the House Education Committee TOMORROW, January 31.

Action:  Contact your state legislators and urge them to support these two homeschool bills.  Call the Senate lobby phone at (605) 773-3821 and the House lobby phone at (605) 773-3851.

STATE CONSTITUTION

SJR1 is a joint resolution that would be submitted to the voters in the November 2018 election for their approval.  If approved, it will change the threshold to make an amendment to the South Dakota Constitution.  Any change thereafter would require a 55% vote of the people, rather than the current 50%.

Status: SJRI has passed in the Senate and will now head to the House. Check the Senate votes here.

CWA supports this effort, because any amendments to the South Dakota Constitution should be considered with arduous and careful effort.

PRAYER

Please join us in prayer concerning these four bills.  Pray that all opposition to these bills would be thwarted and that each one passes.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]
sd.cwfa.org

The 2018 South Dakota Legislative Session begins Next Week! Are You Ready?

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Dear CWA Friends,

The 2018 South Dakota Legislative Session begins Tuesday, January 9. During this 38-day session, we urge all members to participate as grassroots activists by praying and taking action when called upon by CWA of South Dakota.

It is imperative that your state representatives hear from you concerning CWA-supported pro-family, pro-life bills. Your help in defeating dangerous, anti-family legislation that CWA opposes is even more crucial.

I will alert you via email regarding these bills and ask you to contact your senator or representatives after praying about the bill. For even greater impact, please check your email often and share these alerts with others.

If you do not know the names of your senator and representatives, click here or call the auditor at your county courthouse.

As volunteers, we are honored to represent you in South Dakota by promoting CWA’s issues, which are:

  • Definition of the Family
  • Sanctity of Life
  • Education
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Religious Liberty
  • National Sovereignty
  • Support for Israel

We covet your prayers for our protection, health, wisdom, and guidance.

Many of you have committed to our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign and should have received your packet in the mail by now.  I appreciate your faithfulness in praying for your adopted legislator and sending him/her the encouraging postcards.

Asking God’s blessing upon you for your faithfulness in prayer and action,

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]
sd.cwfa.org
(605) 380-6914

Cindy Flakoll
Legislative Liaison
CWA of South Dakota
(605) 380-2766

South Dakota Legislators Need Our Prayers

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“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness”  I Timothy 2:1

Dear CWA Friends,

It is time to recruit “encouragers” for our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign for the 2018 South Dakota legislative session. This is our 19th year of executing this inspiring program!  Some of you have been dedicated encouragers with us from the very beginning, and we appreciate your faithfulness.

We live in challenging times. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture.

Will you commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the session beginning in January?  You will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard that is pre-printed with a Scripture verse or inspirational quote every week.  Simply express appreciation for the legislator’s service and note your prayers for him.  Finally, add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.

Many legislators responded to your prayers and encouraging postcards last year with words of appreciation. Your efforts build bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA. As an “encourager,” you will benefit from the blessings of being a part of this effort.

If you wish to participate in our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign this year, please reply by noting your commitment and providing your physical address. You will receive your postcards and instructions just prior to the opening of the South Dakota legislative session in early January.

May God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]
sd.cwfa.org