Back in 2006 when David Novstrup won a seat in the state House of Representatives, he became the youngest person elected to the South Dakota Legislature. After eight years in the House, he and his father, Al Novstrup, switched sides in the 2014 elections and won seats in the opposite chambers. David will turn 32 years old on Feb. 2. Why does all of this matter?
David Novstrup is prime sponsor of Senate Bill 168 that would establish a legislative task force to study elder abuse in South Dakota. This is the same theme that Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson sounded in his State of the Judiciary speech to the Legislature on Jan. 14. It was the second time Gilberton had suggested the topic.
The Novstrup bill has many co-sponsors from both chambers and both parties. His lead sponsor in the House is Rep. Timothy Johns, R-Lead, a retired circuit judge.
The task force would have 11 members: Four appointed by the House speaker, four appointed by the Senate president pro tempore and three appointed by the governor. The task force would operate from July 1, 2015, to Jan. 1, 2016. It would have a budget of $21,000 and would operate under the Legislature’s Executive Board. You can read the legislation here.
And yes, Al Novstrup is a co-sponsor.