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Health and Human Services Committee, South Dakota State Senate

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The Health and Human Services Committee is a standing committee of the South Dakota State Senate.

Per Section S4-1 of the Senate Rules, committees of the South Dakota State Senate are chosen by the President Pro Tempore and Minority Leader. Committees are assigned after the general election.[1] The President of the Senate is an ex officio member of the Legislative Procedure Committee and the President Pro Tempore is the chair of the Legislative Procedure Committee.[2] For all other standing committees, the member that is announced first serves as the chair of the committee.[3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: South Dakota Legislator Reference Book


The Health and Human Services Committee deals with bills relating to health matters; mental illness; drugs; chemical dependency; the aged or disabled; the medical and nursing professions; medical malpractice; welfare assistance; regulation of hospitals and nursing homes; state institutions for the mentally ill, visually impaired, hearing disabled, or mentally challenged; spousal abuse; and abortion.[4][5]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Health and Human Services Committee Members, 2015
Democratic members (2)Republican members (5)
James BradfordBruce Rampelberg, Chair
Troy HeinertCraig Tieszen, Vice Chair
R. Blake Curd
Phil Jensen
Arthur Rusch


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.



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