SB 61 House of Representatives Action Alert

Posted almost 3 years ago by Robin Arends

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SD Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Coalition



DATE:  February 7, 2017


STATUS:  SB61 passed out of House Health & Human Services Committee today (8-5)  Voting  AYE  were: Campbell, Clark, DiSanto, Holmes,  McCleery, McPherson, Soli, Steinhauer.  Voting NAY:  Conzet, Haugaard, Heinemann,Rounds, York.   The SD State Medical Association, SD Academy of Family Physicians and the SD Chapter of American College of Physicians testified against the bill.   The bill will be calendared for debate tomorrow on the House Floor.



  • Contact House HHS Committee that voted YES and thank them for their vote.
  • Contact your Representatives before 2pm tomorrow and ask for their support of SB61 and to resist any amendments
  • Communicate status of your lawmakers’ support or questions to us at:



  • SB61 is brought on behalf of the SD Coalition for Advanced Practice Nurses, a broad coalition of nursing organizations in South Dakota and has broad statewide support from healthcare and community organizations.
  • SB61 modernizes the SD’s Nurse Practice Act which hasn’t been updated since 1979 and align with national standards for the regulation of Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNP) and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM).
  • SB61 removes the physician collaborative agreement requirement for CNPs and CNMs to be licensed to practice in SD and aligns SD with its neighboring states which have no such contractual requirement for licensure. SB61 is about an independent license, not independent practice.  NO HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES INDEPENDENTLY.
  • SB61 removes a significant barrier to the recruitment and retention of CNPs and CNMs to teach and practice in SD in order to meet the increased demand for our primary care workforce, especially in rural areas.
  • Collaboration remains a requirement of the CNP/CNW scope of practice and SB61 does not change that.
  • The legislation does NOT expand the scope of practice for CNPs or CNMs.



  • A written message is the most effective communication with legislators. See links to State Senators below.  Lawmakers’ home address, legislative email address and phone numbers can be found at:
  • If you don’t know your legislator, you can find it by putting in your address at:
  • Address your letter or email to:  Representative _______. 
  • Reference bill number in the opening of your communication, e.g.SB61 – Advanced Practice Nurse Legislation
  • Your communication should include:
    • Your name and legislative district. Lawmakers like to know when they are hearing from their constituents.
    • A personal message. Focus on the talking points in your own words. For example, describe who you are, where you practice, why this bill is important to you and your practice, situations you’ve encountered with recruitment or retention or patients’ access to care and how bill would help.  Stories are effective!
    • Ask them for their support of SB61!


Below are links to House Health & Human Services Committee members & All House of Representatives

(*) Denotes Bill Sponsor




Campbell, Blaine "Chip"  *


Clark, Michael  *


Conzet, Kristin


DiSanto, Lynne


Haugaard, Steven


Heinemann, Leslie *


Holmes, Thomas *


McCleerey, Steven


McPherson, Sean *


Rounds, Tim


Soli, Karen *


Steinhauer, Wayne  *


York, Nancy





Ahlers, Dan

Anderson, David L

Bartels, Hugh M

Bartling, Julie  *

Beal, Arch

Bordeaux, Shawn

Brunner, Thomas J

Campbell, Blaine "Chip"   *

Carson, Lance

Chase, Roger D

Clark, Michael  *

Conzet, Kristin A

Dennert, Drew

DiSanto, Lynne

Duvall, Mary

Frye-Mueller, Julie

Glanzer, Bob

Goodwin, Tim

Gosch, Spencer

Greenfield, Lana

Haggar, Don  *

Haugaard, Steven G

Hawley, Spencer  *

Heinemann, Leslie J  *

Holmes, Thomas R  *

Howard, Taffy

Hunhoff, Jean M  ** LEAD

Jamison, Greg

Jensen, Kevin D

Johns, Timothy R  *

Johnson, David

Kaiser, Dan

Karr, Chris

Kettwig, Jason W

Lake, John A

Latterell, Isaac

Lesmeister, Oren L

Livermont, Steve

Lust, David

Marty, Sam

May, Elizabeth

McCleerey, Steven D

McPherson, Sean *

Mickelson, G. Mark

Mills, John

Otten, Herman

Peterson, Kent *

Peterson, Sue *

Pischke, Tom

Qualm, Lee *

Rasmussen, Nancy *

Reed, Tim 

Rhoden, Larry *

Ring, Ray

Rounds, Tim

Rozum, Tona *

Schaefer, James

Schoenfish, Kyle *

Smith, Jamie

Soli, Karen *

Steinhauer, Wayne H  *

Stevens, Mike

Tieszen, Craig *

Tulson, Burt

Turbiville, Charles M

Willadsen, Mark

Wismer, Susan

York, Nancy

Zikmund, Larry P