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Rep. Leslie Heinemann, District 8

Greetings to all and best wishes for a great new year!
As we begin the second legislative session of my two-year term, I look forward to addressing the various interesting issues that will come before us. I’ll name a few, but the list becomes quite lengthy by the time March gets here.
The death penalty repeal, nonmeandered waters, Medicaid expansion, school funding (PSA), as well as a host of Agency bills are just the beginning of the topics we will be discussing. I would like and appreciate your input on the issues that you deem important to you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.
This past summer I served on the Governor’s Employment Works Task Force, a committee set up to improve the employment opportunities for disadvantaged/disabled individuals in our work force. We met several times in Pierre and submitted a report with recommendations to the Governor.
I also was appointed to the Watershed Task Force, a three-year committee created by the legislature to study and take public input on what we can do to address the issues created when problems develop over water release and/or retention. This committee will divide into subgroups this coming year, after hearing large volumes of public testimony, and attempt to come up with ways to deal with the complex water issues our state has faced recently. I don’t expect any proposed legislation this session.
The third committee I was proud to be able to be a part of was the Quasquicentennial Commission, a group of nine people appointed by the Governor to plan the upcoming 125th  anniversary celebration of South Dakota’s statehood. We have met several times and have taken suggestions from the public, then prioritized them with a report to the Governor as to what we and the public would like to see done as part of this celebration. I had sponsored the resolution in last year’s legislative session, so was glad I could follow through with everyone’s ideas and hopefully, have an exciting finish to the state’s official birthday on Nov. 2, 2014.
You can contact me at Rep.Heinemann@state.sd.us or my home number is 605-997-2654. Please leave a message and I’ll get back to you. We have a cracker barrel scheduled in Flandreau and Madison on Feb. 8, so plan to attend, if you can.

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