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Appropriations bills advance

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During the 2022 South Dakota Legislative Session, the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce has spent a significant amount of time in the appropriation committee meeting advocating for projects to help advance and promote our community. This week, several of these bills we are lobbying on had their first hearing in front of appropriations including HB 1210, SB 54 and SB 61. The Chamber testified in support of each of these bills. All passed out of committee.
 
HB 1210 would appropriate $15 million from the general fund to construct a new biomedical innovation facility on the grounds of the USD Discovery District in Sioux Falls. An additional $10 million would come from the private sector and the City of Sioux Falls for a total of $25 million. If approved, this would allow USD to move on to Phase III of the project, which is to construct the first innovation-driven commercialization and production facility in the district (approximately 50,000 GSF).
This bill was heard in House Committee on Appropriations and passed with a 12-0 vote. The next step is the House Floor where it will be heard on Tuesday.
Please reach out to the House of Representatives and urge their support of this bill.
 
SB 54 would appropriate $30 million from the general fund to be used for assisting Dakota State University with their cyber program expansion, which includes launching the Governor’s Cyber Academy in every South Dakota high school. SB 130 would allow for the design and construction of the DSU Applied Research Laboratory in Sioux Falls.
Both bills passed unanimously out of Senate Committee on Appropriations. The next step for these bills is the Senate floor on Tuesday.
Please reach out to the Senate and urge their support of SB 54 & 130.
 
SB 61 would appropriate $4.5 million for the purpose of purchasing equipment for a health sciences clinical simulation center on the campus of Southeast Technical College.
This bill passed unanimously out of Senate Committee on Appropriations. The next step is the Senate floor on Tuesday.
Please reach out to the Senate and urge their support of this bill.
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