Here’s a bill of substance that everyone should like: House Bill 1007 would add emergency medical services personnel to the South Dakota Retirement System.
According to slides on proposed legislation presented at the SDRS November 23, 2022, meeting, EMS providers have asked to be added to the state’s retirement plan, and the SDRS board supports their inclusion (because adding workers to pay into a pension only makes the retirement system stronger, right?). HB 1007 would add EMS drivers, responders, and technicians of all levels to SDRS as Class B members. Class B members make contributions equal to 8% of their compensation into the pension, with employer match; the contribution rate for Class A members is 6%. Class B currently includes most other first responders as well as other public servants: justices, judges, state law enforcement officers, magistrate judges, police officers, firefighters, sheriffs and deputies, correctional security staff, parole agents, air rescue firefighters, campus security officers, court services officers, juvenile corrections agents, gaming enforcement agents, conservation officers, and park rangers.
Like most other public and private employers, EMS services across the state are having a hard time finding and keeping good workers. Allowing ambulance drivers and paramedics to buy into the best retirement plan in the state should help keep some people in the field.