Proposed Bills Await Legislators In Pierre

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The South Dakota state legislature begins in less than a week but bills are already on the table.

More than 30 bills are ready for lawmakers to return to Pierre. Several of those in the Senate are a result of a 2016 substance abuse study.

The study explored substance abuse problems in the state and possible community prevention for young people. Various members of the committee sponsored four Senate bills. 

Senate Bill 1 proposes that the board of pharmacy establishes and maintains a prescription drug monitoring program to oversee the prescribing of all controlled substances. 

Senate Bill 2 requires prescribers of certain drugs to first check a database before issuing a prescription. The proposed law requires doctors in South Dakota to review a patient’s drug history, except under some circumstances such as hospice care or for prescriptions that last less than 3 days.

Senate Bill 3 would make a $318,000 appropriation to the Department of Health to administer a substance abuse program. The bill states that the program would target Native American students.

Senate Bill 4 would require the Board of Pharmacy to report annually to the Legislature regarding monitoring and use of opioids in the state.

Members of a committee focusing on the the benefits, merits, and negative impacts of regulating the number of nursing and assisted living beds in South Dakota are proposing a few bills.

House Bill 1002 suggests the Department of Health and Department of Social Services make an annual report to the Legislature regarding the condition of long-term health care in South Dakota.

House Bill 1004 proposes the Department of Health creates a program to assist nursing and assisted living facilities in recruiting registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse aides, or medication aides.

Click here for a closer look at the proposed bills. 

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