Wednesday is Sioux Falls day at the Legislature in Pierre.
Early Wednesday morning, about 80 members of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and other business owners from Sioux Falls loaded buses at the Empire Mall to attend the legislative session.
"Sioux Falls Day at the legislature has been taking place for thirty years. It's just a great opportunity for our members to connect with area legislatures and be personally engaged in the legislative process," said Mike Lynch with the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber members will spend the morning sitting in on committee hearings for several bills that could affect business and family life in Sioux Falls. Over lunch, the chamber members will meet with lawmakers from the Sioux Falls area and hear from Governor Daugaard.
Throughout every legislative session, the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce helps foster connection and communication between lawmakers and area constituents. The Chamber hosts legislative coffee session nearly every Saturday morning in Sioux Falls, giving people a chance to hear from lawmakers and voice their concerns.
In addition, the Chamber is also closely following about 85 bills proposed this session that are of particular interest to the Sioux Falls business community.
"We do have two lobbyists who are active in Pierre full time and they are there to make sure that all of the different issues that are important to Sioux Falls businesses are represented, that being economic development, healthcare, education," said Lynch.
Several Sioux Falls City Council members were also on the bus out to Pierre Wednesday morning to speak with lawmakers about several bills that could specifically impact the City of Sioux Falls.
"The texting bill that passed the house is now going to be before the Senate and it's a good opportunity for us to talk to our Senators about local control and how that bill will affect not only our texting bill but also other ordinances such as careless driving," said Sioux Falls City Council Member Dean Karsky.