Macy Miller for three!

Ryan got to meet his favorite Jackrabbits player Macy Miller today due to some hard work by Jenna Millard. Jenna contacted Macy and asked her to meet Ryan and Macy agreed. Jenna also made sure Ryan had a basketball for Macy to autograph for him and supplied cupcakes in SDSU colors.

Ryan was SO excited to meet Macy (in case you can't tell by the huge smile on his face) and gave her a thank you card for coming to meet him. It was not only a magical moment for Ryan, but for everyone who got to witness the event.

Big thanks to Jenna for making this happen for Ryan.

Macy Miller for three! Go Big! Go Blue! Go Jacks!

Legislative Update

Where are we with SB147?  This bill passed out of the Senate, even though there was opposition to it from the Department of Social Services and the Department of Human Services.  Once it passed out of the Senate, it was revised slightly to remove some perceived hostile language, and both Departments dropped their opposition to it.  It was to have been heard by the House Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday, but was referred to the House Appropriations Committee for a hearing today.  It did pass out of committee this morning, and will go to the House floor this coming Monday.  If you would like to help, contact your Representatives and ask them to vote for this bill.  There is a very good likelihood  the House will pass it.  Once it does, it will need to go back to the Senate for concurrence because it was amended after it left the Senate.  It would then go to the Governor to be signed into law.  There are still several steps to accomplish, but things are moving in the right direction! 

Brian Ardry
President/CEO, ADVANCE

Legislative Update on SB169 & 147

SB169 did not make it out of committee yesterday, but it was not due to lack of support from those present.  There where 50-60 people in the room (many who needed to stand), along with another 20-30 in the hallways outside.  Most wore yellow shirts which said "Support the Need".  Passionate testimony was given by parents, staff, board members, and people receiving services.  In the end, a motion was made to defer the issue to the 41st day of the Legislature, which effectively kills the bill without voting "no" on it (because there is no 41st day).  There were six members of the Taxation Committee present, with four of them voting to move it to the 41st day, and two voting against this.  The issue was very emotional for all present, including for those voting to kill the bill.  Even though this bill didn't pass, the committee members agreed that something needs to be done to increase funding to our system.  I would highly encourage you to send a note of thanks to the sponsors of this bill, especially the prime sponsor, Senator Novstrup.  He is a great champion for the services we provide, and he deserves our thanks for going to bat for us.

Contact Links for Sponsors of SB169:

SB147, the other bill that went before a senate committee yesterday, did pass out of committee unanimously and it will be going to the floor of the Senate on Tuesday (2/21).  This bill is more technical, and it does not compel funding or mandate an appropriation from the legislature.  However, it is hoped that it could be used as an aid in making future funding decisions for medicaid providers.  This bill would affect all medicaid providers in the state, including community support providers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, community mental health centers, etc.  Click here for the one-page document that gives more background information on this bill.  If you would like to help, I would encourage you to contact your Senator before Tuesday and ask them to support SB147.  I'll give an update on this bill next week.  

Sincerely,

Brian Ardry
President/CEO, ADVANCE
Phone:  605-696-5204 or 605-692-7852