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Senate State Affairs has three bills on Jan 28

January 27, 2015
US District Court Order to SOS Kundert in 1984

US District Court Order to SOS Kundert in 1984

On Wednesday, January 28th, the Senate State Affairs committee will take on 3 bills.

SB 69SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding elections and election petitions.

This bill was first heard on Jan 19. I have written about a potential constitutional issue with ballot access in this bill. The ACLU is taking the lead on fixing issues with this bill. I do have concerns if the bill is not amended to push back the date for new party petitions. If this is not fixed, I believe 2016 may end up with a lawsuit against the SOS. Click Here (or click the image of it on the upper-right hand side of this post) to read the order from the US District court to the SD SOS back in 84 to change date after it had moved too early at that time. I still fear the current attempt to clean up code in our election law may lead to more unintended consequences. This might have been a good year for an election workgroup or summer study.

SB 71SoDakLiberty Posts – Continue the Jolene’s Law Task Force for an additional year, revise the membership of the task force, and to declare an emergency.

This was originally scheduled for Jan 26. Here is my note from before that hearing: Another Jolene’s Law Task Force bill. This bill adds a state’s attorney as the sixteenth member of the task force. It also extends the task force until Jan 1, 2015.

SB 70SoDakLiberty Posts – Require that a mandatory child abuse reporter be present and available to answer questions when the initial report regarding abuse or neglect is made to authorities.

This was originally scheduled for Jan 26. Here is my note from before that hearing: This bill is at the request of the Jolene’s Law Task Force. Current state law has various professions that must report suspected child abuse or neglect. This bill would appear to make sure the person reporting the abuse is available when the report is made to the authorities.

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