From the desk of the Executive Director
What a roller coaster of weather changes we have had this past winter and spring. Hopefully, we will see some warm summer days in the coming months as we prepare for another busy tourist season.
The weather isn’t the only changes we have seen this past winter, as we worked through another busy and hectic legislative session. This year’s session brought 19 bills that directly affected the industry, and with the help and hard work of our lobbyist and board, we had a great session in terms of the best outcome of what we were able to do to protect the interests of our members and the industry. Our lobbyist spends most of his time in Pierre during the entire session. Can you imagine what would happen if there was no representation working on your behalf to fight against legislation that could hurt your business and livelihood or to fight for legislation that could increase the value of your business. That is why it is so important to be a member of this organization. If you are reading this article and you are not a member of the SD Licensed Beverage Dealers and Gaming Association, have you ever asked yourself why shouldn’t I be a member of this association, what would happen if they weren’t in Pierre to fight for me and my business? It is our members that keep us going and to insure our voice is heard in Pierre!!
We recently held our spring board meeting and discussed the importance of knowing your local legislators and the impact our members and those in the industry can have when a vote is being cast on a bill or bills that are being proposed during the session. The legislators want to hear from their constituents that are directly affected by what is being brought forward for debate. We can’t stress it enough the importance of your membership is to our organization, especially during the legislative session.
Thank you, once again, to all our current members for their continued support of the organization. For those of you that aren’t members, join us so that we can continue our quest in protecting your business, livelihood and industry. We look forward to hearing from you. What do you have to lose!
Enjoy your summer.
Cathy Berg, Executive Director