Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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July 13, 2016

South Dakota Commission on Child Support to Hold Hearings on Proposed Guideline Changes

PIERRE, S.D. – The Governor’s Commission on Child Support will conduct public hearings throughout the summer months to gather input on potential changes to South Dakota’s child support guidelines and related statutes.

The commission is conducting its required four-year review of South Dakota’s child support guidelines and is comprised of representatives of custodial and non-custodial parents, family law attorneys, the judiciary, the legislature, and the Department of Social Services. The commission may recommend changes that reflect adjustments in the costs of raising children, and other issues with related statutes. The commission will submit its report and recommendations to the Governor by Dec. 31, 2016, to be considered during the 2017 legislative session.

In the Pierre area, members of the public can attend the hearing on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. CDT in Conference Room 3, located on the first floor of the Kneip Building at 700 Governors Drive. Members of the public from the Aberdeen area are invited to take part in this hearing by going to the Dakota Digital Network (DDN) Studio at Northern State University, in Room 117 of the Library Building at 1200 S. Jay St.

Public hearings will also be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. CDT in the Palisades rooms 2 & 3 at the Holiday Inn City Centre, 100 W. 8th St., Sioux Falls and Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. MDT in the Washington Room at the Ramkota Hotel, 2111 N. LaCrosse St., Rapid City.

Discussions during the public hearings will be limited to potential changes to the child support guidelines and statutes. The hearings are not intended for specific comments or to address complaints involving individual child support cases or visitation. Written comments or suggestions may also be submitted for consideration by the full commission by mailing them to the Department of Social Services, Attn: Child Support Commission, 700 Governors Drive, Pierre, S.D. 57501-2291 or by emailing DCS@state.sd.us. The deadline for public comments is Sept. 1, 2016.

The commission’s final report will be available on the DSS website at http://dss.sd.gov/.

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