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SoDak SHRM Legislative Day 2019 Recap

As HR professionals, we know that every organization that has employees and indeed every employee of an organization benefits from competent human resources management practices. To provide the most value to our organizations, HR professionals need to be continuous learners and aware of changes in public policy that have the potential to affect our workplaces.

SHRM has an A-Team (Advocacy Team) network, each state council has a Legislative Director, and many local chapters have Legislative Liaisons. Through the concerted efforts of these individuals, we can help the profession advance in its knowledge of public affairs.

On February 5, we hosted the SoDak SHRM Legislative Day at the Capitol in Pierre. The weather was predictably challenging and kept several registered attendees from joining us. We were able to proceed with our legislator breakfast, and we spoke with dozens of state lawmakers and other officials who came into the House and Senate chambers that day.

We attended a committee meeting where representatives heard testimony on two pending house bills, and we were introduced along with other advocacy groups in the capitol that day, at the beginning of the House and Senate sessions at 2pm. It is always fascinating to watch our political processes in action.

Our lobbyist, Julie Johnson, is clearly well known around the capitol. She knew everyone! SoDak SHRM is fortunate to have Julie’s efforts working on our behalf, and her email updates throughout the legislative session are both informative and interesting.

Meredith Nethercutt, SHRM’s Director of Member Advocacy, was able to make the trip and share her wisdom with us. Meredith oversees SHRM’s network of volunteer advocates and facilitates relationships between SHRM members and lawmakers. Her experience and knowledge of how other states organize legislative days was certainly helpful to me and I will be working this year to put some of her ideas for us in motion.

If you are interested in public policy and HR, I would love to hear from you. Send me an email or come and chat with me at the SoDak SHRM state conference in Aberdeen in May. We can work together to plan this event for 2020 and make it even stronger! Leah.Brink@daktronics.com

Senate side lobby, where we served breakfast

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