Governor’s nonprofit privacy bill approved by state Senate

Governor’s nonprofit privacy bill approved by state Senate

PIERRE | A bill offered by Gov. Kristi Noem to ensure the privacy of donors to nonprofit corporations and charitable trusts earned final passage Tuesday in the State Senate. The executive branch is prohibited by HB1079 from requiring nonprofits to release any more information than is required by law. “This is about privacy,” said Sen. Casey Crabtree, R-Madison. “HB1079 protects South Dakotans from harassment.” Crabtree told about the NAACP in the 1950s fighting all the way to the Supreme Court an attempt by the Alabama governor to get the organization to release the names of its members. “It was a very, very important Supreme Court case,” said Sen. Jim Bolin, R-Canton. Sen. Reynold Nesiba, D-Sioux Falls, asked if a nonprofit could take a charitable contribution and then direct that contribution to a political candidate. “This bill does not change campaign finance reporting,” Crabtree answered. Sen. Jim Stalzer, R-Sioux Falls, told his colleagues to read “Intimidation Game” by Kimberly Strassel if they wanted examples of how nonprofits were coerced into giving up the names of their donors. “We need this kind of protection to protect our donors,” Stalzer said, referring to the bill. The bill was approved by the Senate on a vote of 32-3 and now goes to the governor for her signature. ‘Born alive’ bill The Senate endorsed HB1051 which requires doctors performing abortions to use their skills to save any child born alive. During abortions “there’s the rare situation where the baby is alive,” said Sen. Al […]

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