SB 61 Update

Posted almost 3 years ago by Robin Arends

SD Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Coalition



DATE:  February 8, 2017


STATUS UPDATE:   House floor action on SB61 was delayed by a tactical maneuver of the opponents who requested a fiscal note.  While we have broad support, they only needed 14 persons to stand up in support of the request.  We are assembling information for the legislative staff to prepare fiscal note as quickly as possible, but it means that we may not have a floor debate before the weekend as there is no session on Friday.



  • If you haven’t contacted or heard from your Representative, continue to seek their support or reinforce their support and ask them to resist any amendments.
  • Attend the weekend crackerbarrel. See list at end of alert.
  • Communicate status of your lawmakers’ support or questions to us at:



  • SB61 is brought on behalf of the SD Coalition for Advanced Practice, 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

Cracker Barrels


In the Centennial Rooms at Northern State University from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Saturday, February 4
  • Saturday, February 11
  • Saturday, February 25
  • Saturday, March 4

Belle Fourche

From 1 to 3 p.m.

  • Saturday, January 21 (American West Steakhouse)
  • Saturday, February 4 (Belle Fourche Country Club)


In the Bethany Meadows Community Room from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 28th


In the City Hall Commission room beginning at 9 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 21
  • Saturday, February 4
  • Saturday, February 25


In the Mitchell City Council chambers beginning at 12 p.m.

  • Friday, January 27
  • Friday, February 17


At the Newell City Hall beginning at 10 a.m.

  • Saturday, February 11


At the Piedmont American Legion from 2 to 4 p.m.

  • Saturday, February 11


In the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Community Room from 9 to 10:00 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 21

Rapid City:

In the South Dakota School of Mines New Classroom Building from 9 to 11 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 21
  • Saturday, February 4
  • Saturday, February 25
  • Saturday, March 4


At the Historic CNW Train Depot beginning at 2 p.m.

  • Monday, February 20



Cracker Barrels

Sioux Falls: 

At the Ramada Hotel and Suites beginning at 10 a.m.

  • Saturday, February 4
  • Saturday, February 11
  • Saturday, February 25


At Sisseton High School

  • Saturday, January 21


From 9 to 10 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 28 (High Plains Western Heritage Center)
  • Saturday, February 18 (BHSU Joy Center)


At the Erksine Building from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 21
  • Saturday, February 4


At Vermillion City Hall from 9 to 11 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 28
  • Saturday, March 4


At the Watertown Winter Farm Show

  • Saturday, February 11


In the Guard Room of the Webster Armory from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Saturday, January 28


In the Avera Sacred Heart Pavilion from 10 to 11 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 21
  • Saturday, February 4
  • Saturday, February 25