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Noem signs pregnancy expenses bill into law

PIERRE, SD (Dakota News Now) – On Thursday, Gov. Kristi Noem signed into law Senate Bill 75which provides for all pregnancy expenses to be covered by both parents.

“South Dakota will continue to strengthen families and promote life,” said Gov. Noem. “The gift of a child too often comes with a financial burden. Mothers should never have to take that alone. It is the responsibility of both the mother and the father to equally pay expenses related to pregnancy.”

According to Noem’s office, Gov. Noem also signed the following 11 bills to take care of people into law:

  • SB 67 – Revises provisions related to emergency and involuntary commitment for alcohol and drug abuse
  • SB 89 – Increases the daily maximum award for the alternative care program administered by the Unified Judicial System
  • SB 172 – Makes an appropriation for the design costs related to the health services center at Black Hills State University-Rapid City
  • HB 1022 – Makes an appropriation for increased costs related to the construction of the new state public health laboratory
  • HB 1053 – Prohibits the issuance of a written certification to a pregnant woman or breastfeeding mother for purposes of medical cannabis use
  • HB 1078 – Makes an appropriation to the Department of Human Services for the development and expansion of adult day services programs
  • HB 1079 – Makes an appropriation to the Department of Health to provide grants to support mental health and suicide prevention programs
  • HB 1135 – Provides for transparency in the pricing of prescription drugs
  • HB 1154 – Modifies acceptable conduct for practitioners related to medical cannabis
  • HB 1155 – Adds dental practices as eligible factors to participate in rural health care recruitment assistance program
  • HB 1174 – Provides for appropriate civil commitment of certain persons

Gov. Noem has signed 196 bills into law and vetoed four this legislative session.

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