The SDSMA has established a number of priority issues for the 2023 session of the South Dakota Legislature. See the SDSMA's 2024 Advocacy Agenda - it will be posted soon!
For an overview of the SDSMA's accomplishments during last year's session, read through our legislative accomplishments.
The involvement of physicians and medical students is critical to the success of the South Dakota State Medical Association's grassroots lobbying efforts. A vital asset to the SDSMA's professional lobbying team, only you can give your state legislators and members of our congressional delegation the most accurate picture about how the issues really affect the practice of medicine and the patients of South Dakota.
Remember, effective political action is a local activity. Get involved with your district medical society and get to know your senators and representatives . That way, they'll recognize your name and voice when you write or call them at the state capitol or in Washington, DC.
The SDSMA offers several ways for physicians to advocate for the issues they care about in their communities and at the Capitol.
Doctor of the Day
Serve as Doctor of the Day for one day during the legislative session.
Be a Physician Lobbyist
Testify on behalf of the SDSMA's lobbying efforts. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact the SDSMA office at 605.336.1965. Read more about the Volunteer Physician Lobbyist program and how to lobby.
Contact South Dakota's elected officials through Action Alerts. We'll let you know when you need to contact your lawmakers about important issues.
InSession Legislative Newsletter
Stay informed with InSession, a weekly publication during the legislative session. Watch your email for legislative updates.