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South Dakota 2014 Legislature: bills to watch in Committees on Feb 21

February 20, 2014

liftarn_English_lawyer_early_20th_century.Friday, Feb 21, is the 24th legislative day for the South Dakota Legislature. Today’s committees had some good testimony, although not a lot of surprising endings. Hopefully I’ll have time this weekend to touch on some bills that were passed or killed this week, it has been interesting!

But for now here are a few of the bills that will be in front of committees on Feb 21 that I think are worth taking note of.

House State Affairs Committee
Agenda – 7:45am

Purpose: prospectively repeal the death penalty.

This is the only bill the House State Affairs Committee has on the schedule tomorrow. The bill is quite simple, it removes the death penalty as a potential sentence for a Class A felony. That would leave only life in prison as a sentence for Class A felony’s. I expect there to be quite a bit of debate on this issue, possibly some emotional testimony as well.

House Education Committee
Agenda – 7:45am

Purpose: require a study and analysis of the financial, fiscal, and economic impacts of implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

The bills to slow down or repeal Common Core have not fared to well this session. The most interesting part of this small bill is this sentence: “The department shall contract with any private or public entity that is not affiliated with South Dakota state government to conduct the study.” Basically the DOE cannot do its own study to show it is doing the right thing. Hopefully the proponent testimony tomorrow can get this one passed in committee.

Purpose: provide for public notice of certain hearings conducted by the Board of Education, and to require that the hearings be conducted at least sixty days apart.

This is another Common Core bill, one that has had a prior hearing and hasn’t been killed yet. Since Secretary of Ed Schopp basically said this is the DOE current policy I don’t see this getting passed in committee.

Purpose: provide for the exemption of certain students from the requirement to take certain academic assessment tests.

Purpose: supplant the Common Core Standards.

These two bills had  hearings earlier this week with action deferred. I just hope the proponents testimony overcame the same tiring pro Common Core talking points…

Senate Health and Human Services Committee
Agenda – 10:00am

Purpose: regulate the sale of raw milk for human consumption.

This is the bill many of us have been waiting to see what action the committee will take. I’ve written on it previously. Hopefully the committee passes this on to the Senate floor. If not, the bureaucrats at the Department of Agriculture will have successfully killed an industry that consumers want and junk science has fought against.

  1. Reagan Republican
    February 21, 2014 at 12:36 am

    We should be glad that Secretary Lucas Lentsch and the Ag Department lost so much credibility with the false listeria accusations or this bill probably would have died a long time ago. Unfortunately for Jerseydale farms (a private business) his leadership likely damaged their business by wrongly using a state government agency to make presumptive and false accusations. The Ag Department lost a lot of credibility under the new leadership and I’d like to know why their isn’t talk of reproductions for abusing a position of power.


    I wonder how many times Lentsch has yelled fire in a crowded movie theater?

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