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Bills on the SD Senate floor for Fri Feb 27

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SD Senate floor. Photo by Ken Santema 02/25/15.

SD Senate floor. Photo by Ken Santema 02/25/15.

Here are the bills on the SD Senate floor for Friday, February 27, which begins at 1:00 PM central.

Since it is Friday and the legislators are looking to get home they probably won’t actually take up any of these bills. They might go through the consent calendar and commemorations though.

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

SCR 6 – SoDakLiberty PostsTo direct the Department of Education to ensure South Dakota students are well-versed in civics and government.

HCR 1007 – SoDakLiberty PostsOpposing the EPA’s guidelines to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants in a manner that will cause economic harm.

HCR 1008 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Urging Congress and the President to recognize tribal identification cards as a valid form of identification for all official purposes.

CONSIDERATION OF EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENT

Reappointment of:
Melody Schopp        Secretary of the Department of Education

SECOND READING OF CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS

Appointment of:
Myron L. Rau            South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles

Reappointment of:
Krista Heeren-Graber        South Dakota Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision

HB 1122  – SoDakLiberty PostsAuthorize township boards to designate certain roads as no maintenance roads.

HB 1097 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for a reduced minimum fall enrollment for certain school districts.

HB 1100 – SoDakLiberty PostsClarify how a vacancy on a school board is filled.

HB 1137 – SoDakLiberty PostsExclude the passing time between classes in the number of hours required in the school term for secondary students.

SECOND READING OF HOUSE BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS

HB 1072 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide that certain information regarding postsecondary technical institutes be given to parents and guardians of students in middle schools and high schools.

This bill was amended in House Ed and passed 11-3. It then went to pass the House floor 62-6. Senate Ed passed the bill 5-0.

Here is what I had to say about the bill before:

Currently school districts provide a list of students and address for those in grades 7-12 to the Board of Regents. This info can then be used to inform parents/guardians of the requirements needed for post-secondary schools. This bill would also send this list to the Department of Education. The bill also allows technical institutes to use the list for the same reason. I always thought it was the job of the school counselor and other school employees to help students meet their requirements?

HB 1073 – SoDakLiberty PostsRequire a sex offender to report a change in vehicle status to law enforcement.

Originally this bill would have modified a current statute to add this in to where it would be a Class 6 Felony.That version of the bill passed House Judiciary 10-3. It was then hoghoused on the House floor. The new version of the bill adds the same language as a new piece of code and makes this a Class 1 misdemeanor. I think that was a good change dropping the charge down to a misdemeanor. The bill passed the House floor 68-1 after being amended. Senate Judiciary passed the bill 7-0.

HB 1128 – SoDakLiberty PostsProtect certain homestead exemption interests during sale of homestead or separation of owners.

This bill passed House Commerce 10-2. It was then substantially amended on the House floor and passed that body 61-6. House judiciary passed the bill 5-2. I still don’t really understand this bill.

HB 1134 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions concerning the expungement of arrest records.

This passed House Judiciary 9-3 and the House floor 64-2. Senate Judiciary passed the bill 5-2. Here is what I said about the bill before and stick with:

This is a good bill. Guilty until proven innocent is a cornerstone of the legal system in the US. A prosecutor being able to make a determination of expungement without a hearing before a judge goes against the very foundation of the US legal system.

HB 1013 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions related to social work licensure.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill has met with opposition. It passed 12-1 in the House Health, 40-27 on the House Floor, and 4-1 in Senate Health. This bill needs to be defeated. It uses the force of state government to impose the wishes of a protectionist special interest group. It also prevents potentially good social workers from actually performing the job.

HB 1080 – SoDakLiberty PostsAuthorize the use of investigational treatments for patients under certain conditions and to restrict certain causes of action arising from investigational treatment.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill passed Senate Health and Human Services 6-0. Here are my notes prior the Senate Health hearing (which I stick with):

This is an interesting bill. It would allow a doctor to treat a patient that has a currently untreatable condition using an “Investigational drug, biological product, or device”. The investigational treatment must have passed phase one of a clinical trial, but does not need to have been approved yet by the FDA. I like this bill. It makes no sense to hold up a potentially life-saving treatment (or at least symtom-reducing treatment) on a terminal patient that has no other options. I believe this decision should be up to the patient and doctor. The FDA only gets in the way in such situations. And, as the bill states, phase one of clinical trials have to be completed; so these investigational treatments aren’t just a whim of a doctor or medical company.

HB 1058SoDakLiberty Posts –  Revise certain provisions regarding contagious disease control quarantine measures and to declare an emergency.

* Deferred from yesterday!

The bill passed the House Health committee 8-5.

It was then amended on the House floor to make it more specific to “middle east respiratory syndrome (MERS), severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), smallpox, or viral hemorrhagic fevers”. The emergency clause was also removed at that time. Removing the emergency clause was expected. Without the emergency clause the bill would only need a simple majority to pass the House floor.

After being amended the bill passed the House floor by a vote of 41-27.

It passed Senate Health 5-1.

I expect this to pass the Senate floor. There are a lot of concerns that this bill gives too much power to DOH. I understand those concerns, but I think DOH already has overly broad powers.

HB 1059SoDakLiberty PostsAllow authorized entities to access immunization information in certain circumstances.

* Deferred from yesterday!

Many people have gotten worked up about this bill because of the change from may to shall. Personally I don’t think this change actually has any impact. This did not allow any new sharing of immunization records. I understand many people don’t like this law, but fighting this bill won’t change the law. That would need to be done with a separate bill to repeal the current law.

This bill passed the House Health committee 8-5.

It was then amended on the House floor with the following addition:

The provider shall verbally notify the patient, or if the patient is a minor, the patient’s parent or guardian of the patient’s ability to refuse to permit immunization information to be shared.

That amendment was able to get this bill passed on the House floor 45-24. But from what I hear this amendment has not pacified those angry about this bill. All this amendment did was say the provider must give verbal notification. I really think amending this bill with a written opt-in would have pacified many detractors. But there is no way the DOH would want to cede that much power…

The bill made it through Senate Health 4-2.

I really don’t think it will be held up in the Senate, but there might be some hot debate.

HB 1145 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding the payment of salary and compensation to legislators.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill made it through House State Affairs without opposition and had one no vote on the House floor. It passed Senate State Affairs 7-2. Part of this bill appears to add “attending the inauguration of constitutional officers, or attending the Governor’s budget report” to times when legislators are on the clock and can get per diem. I don’t see a problem with that, it is part of their job to attend the Governors budget address (the constitutional officers inauguration   may be debatable though).
LEGISLATIVE COMMEMORATIONS

HC 1031 –  SoDakLiberty Posts – Honoring the 2015 Huron High School Speech and Debate Team on their outstanding performance.

HC 1032 –  SoDakLiberty Posts – Honoring the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™, and recognizing Deadwood as “The Historic Jewel of the Black Hills.”

HC 1033 –  SoDakLiberty Posts – Commending and honoring the West Central High School FFA chapter.

HC 1034 –  SoDakLiberty Posts – Commending and honoring the West Central High School Band for its accomplishments.

HC 1035 –  SoDakLiberty Posts – Honoring Jessica Benson, an esteemed resident of Rapid City and a student at West Middle School, for achieving national recognition for exemplary volunteer service with a 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

HC 1036 –  SoDakLiberty Posts – Honoring and Commending Abbigail Boner of Castlewood, South Dakota, for receiving a 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

Bills on the SD House floor for Fri Feb 27

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SD House floor. Photo by Ken Santema 02/14/15.

SD House floor. Photo by Ken Santema 02/14/15.

Here are the bills on the SD House floor for Friday, February 27, which begins at 1:00 PM central.

Since it is Friday and the legislators are looking to get home they probably won’t actually take up any of these bills. They might go through the consent calendar and commemorations though.

SECOND READING OF CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS

SB 5 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions concerning the assessment and taxation of real property.

SB 56 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide direction regarding the calculation of adjusted gross proceeds for the purpose of calculating the gaming tax.

SB 78 – SoDakLiberty PostsAuthorize counties or medical providers to recover inmate healthcare costs from insurers.

SB 87 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the circumstances creating a vacancy in municipal office.

SB 88 – SoDakLiberty Posts –Authorize emergency appointments to the municipal election board.

SECOND READING OF SENATE BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS

SB 45 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions relating to the sale of unpasteurized raw milk.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill was amended in the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources committee and passed with a vote of 7-2. It passed the Senate floor 30-4. Then in House Ag is passed with no opposition. I was quite apprehensive about this bill before the Senate Ag hearing. Since that time I have listened to the committee hearing and studied the bill. There are some portions of the bill I think are maybe a little strict, but overall I think this is a great step forward compared to where the Dept of Ag was at two years ago. At this time I hope the bill is passed so the raw milk (and now raw cream) producers in SD can move forward.

SB 41 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions pertaining to commercial driver licensing.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill passed Senate Transportation 6-0, the Senate floor 30-4, finally House Transportation. I still haven’t listened to testimony on this bill. It changes quite a bit of code.

SB 94 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Establish a license fee for electric-powered motorcycles.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill passed Senate Transportation, the Senate Floor, and House Transportation with no opposition. I still want to test drive an electric-powered motorcycle.

SB 118 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Provide additional transparency for prescription drug plans.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill was substantially amended in Senate Commerce and passed that committee 7-0. It then went on to pass the Senate floor without opposition. Finally the bill passed House Health 12-1. A lot of this bill seems aimed at making sure certain parts of the rx drug plans have certain details.

SB 63 – SoDakLiberty PostsAdopt the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill passed Senate Health and Human Services 6-0. It was amended on the Senate floor with following section added:

No state general funds shall be used to support the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact enacted by this bill.

The bill then passed the Senate floor 24-10. It then passed House Health and Human Services 13-0. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has come out against this bill because it would potentially place bureaucratic burdens on physicians within South Dakota. Upon further research I hope there is more opposition to the bill in the House. One thing SD doctors do not need is another barrier between them and focusing on their patients issues.

SB 47 – SoDakLiberty PostsMake an appropriation from the coordinated natural resources conservation fund to the State Conservation Commission and to declare an emergency.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This passed through the Senate and House Appropriations with no opposition. This bill gives $500,000 to the State Conservation Commission.

SB 49 – SoDakLiberty PostsAuthorize the Department of Game, Fish and Parks to sell a portion of railway right-of-way to the City of Deadwood.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill passed through the Senate and House State Affairs with no opposition. This bill would allow the GFP to sell real property in Deadwood.

SB 37 – SoDakLiberty PostsAdopt the 2008 Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, to repeal the 1996 Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, and to revise certain provisions relating thereto.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill passed through the Senate without opposition. It passed House Judiciary 9-2. Here are my previous notes on the bill:

The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) is meant, at least in part, to deal with child support orders when multiple states are involved. Honestly, it doesn’t matter if anyone reads the bill or what is in it. It will pass and our state will have to follow the rules in the act. Too bad, I believe every piece of legislation deserves to truly be scrutinized. Below is a passage from the Uniform Law Commission, I have highlighted the sentence explaining why the SD Legislature will pass this bill no matter what is in it:

The 2008 UIFSA Amendments modify the current version of UIFSA’s international provisions to comport with the obligations of the United States under the 2007 Hague Convention on Maintenance. 2014 federal legislation requires all states to enact the 2008 UIFSA Amendments as a condition of continuing to receive federal funds for state child support programs. Failure to enact these amendments during the 2015 legislative session may result in a state’s loss of important federal funding.

SB 48 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions pertaining to the operation of personal watercraft.

This bill passed the Senate Judiciary committee 6-1 and had no opposition on the Senate floor. This bill was slightly amended in House Judiciary and passed that committee 8-3.

This bill makes three slight revisions to the use of a watercraft: The two big ones are:

  • The provision for a flotation device changed from “type I, type II, type III, or type V” to wearable.
  • Currently lights on a boat are needed from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise. This would change it from sunset to sunrise.

The amendment in House Judiciary dealt with the Sunset to sunrise language.

SB 89 – SoDakLiberty Posts –Require the development of school safety plans and to require the conduct of lockdown drills in accredited schools.

This bill passed through the Senate with no opposition. It was amended in the House Education committee to trim it down quite a bit. I still think this is an undue burden on school districts to require this plan. Here is part of what I said about the bill before:

This should be decided on a case by case basis at the local level. Emergency managers have to determine the risk and impact of any given scenario and from there decide if a full plan and drill are necessary. The legislature cannot decide that. Any time put into a plan such as this might take away from planning for more imminent emergencies. The plan described will take a lot of time and resources to create and practice.

The amendments did make the bill less burdensome on schools. The amendments removed all of the specifics that were required to be in the plan. An amendment also reduced requirements for the meetings. I think the amendments removed some of the fear that the plans would overwhelm school districts trying to comply with the proposed change. But overall I still think this type of decision and plan should be at the local level and not dictated.

SB 95 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise provisions related to human trafficking.

This bill passed Senate Judiciary 6-0 after being amended. It then passed the Senate floor without opposition. House Health and Human Services passed the bill 11-1. The biggest change here appears to be changing the definition from under age 16 to under 18 in human trafficking code.

SB 81 – SoDakLiberty PostsRequire persons convicted of driving a vehicle while under influence of alcohol, drugs, or intoxicants to pay certain costs to the county.

This bill passed Senate Local Government 5-0 and the Senate floor 30-3. House Local Government overwhelmingly supported the bill 12-0. Here is what I previously said about the bill: “This would add an additional fifty dollar penalty for driving under the influence cases. This money would go to the clerk of courts and given to the county treasurer for use in the counties general fund. Finally, if the fifty dollar fee isn’t paid, it is “punishable by contempt proceedings”. Is this a new way for counties to raise revenues?” The legislature is sure finding interesting ways to increase taxes and fees this year…

LEGISLATIVE COMMEMORATIONS

SC 23 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Commending the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 153rd Engineer Battalion, Huron, South Dakota, for being awarded the Major General Milton A. Reckord Trophy.

SC 24 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Commending and honoring the West Central High School Track and Cross Country Teams for their accomplishments.

SC 25 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Honoring Macy Miller of Mitchell, South Dakota, for an outstanding high school basketball career.

SC 26 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Commending and honoring Vern DeGeest on his retirement from teaching, coaching, and administrating after fifty-four years in South Dakota schools.

SC 27 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Congratulating Lindsey Smith for taking a “shot” and for being named the Class A Ms. Volleyball for 2014 and for receiving an Under Armour All-American Volleyball Team Honorable Mention for the 2014-2015 year.

SC 28 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Honoring Dr. Jerome Bentz of Platte as the 2015 Family Doctor of the Year.

SC 29 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Honoring Kendra Peterson of Sisseton as 2015 Miss Rodeo South Dakota.

SD Legislative Committee meetings scheduled for Fri Feb 27

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More geese at the SD State Capital. Photo by Ken Santema 02/11/15.

More geese at the SD State Capital. Photo by Ken Santema 02/11/15.

Here is the list of the SD legislative committee meetings that are taking place on Friday, February 27th. For any committee meeting that has bills taken up I’ve included the link to my post about those bills. For committees without bills on the agenda I’ve listed what they are doing instead of working on bills.

House Appropriations8:00 AM5 Bills.

Senate Appropriations8:00 AM8 Bills.

Joint Appropriations10:00 AM – No Bills. On the agenda: Budget hearings for the Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Labor and Regulation.

House State Affairs7:45 AM6 Bills.

House Education7:45 AM2 Bills.

Senate Local Government7:45 AM3 Bills.

Senate Transpiration8:00 AM3 Bills. Also on the Agenda: Governor’s Reappointment: Darin Bergquist, Hughes County, Pierre, South Dakota, to the position of Secretary of the Department of Transportation

Senate State Affairs10:00 AM5 Bills.

House Judiciary10:00 AM5 Bills.

Senate Health & Human ServicesNo Meeting!

Senate TaxationNo Meeting!

House Commerce & Energy10:00 AM3 Bills.

House Commerce and Energy committee has 3 bills on Fri Feb 27

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johnny-automatic-foamy-mug-of-beerOn Friday, February 27th, at 10:00 AM the SD House Commerce and Energy committee will take on 3 bills.

SB 30 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise the review process for rate and policy form filing denials for insurers.

Here are my notes on the bill prior to its hearing in Senate Commerce:

The SD Department of Labor and Regulation asked for this bill. This bill adds a new section to SD Codified Law dealing with Form and Contents of Insurance Policies (§ 58-11). This bill allows insurers to request a hearing in order to appeal a disapproval of a rate or policy form. I don’t see any reason to oppose this bill. It seems to be allowing a proper legal method to appeal a situation that could potentially harm an insurer.

This bill passed Senate Health and the Senate floor with no opposition.

SB 128 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions concerning the general requirements that vehicle owners must satisfy before applying for military plates.

Sen Gary Cammack (R, Dist 29) and Rep Lee Qualm (R, Dist 21) are the prime sponsors. This bill was amended in Senate Transportation and pass that committee 7-0. It then passed the Senate floor with no opposition. Current law says the person has to have a valid SD Drivers license. This bill would add the South Dakota nondriver identification card so veterans can get their military plate.

SB 120 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding special alcoholic beverage licenses issued in conjunction with special events and to declare an emergency.

Sen Larry Tidemann (R, Dist 7) and Rep Scott Munsterman (R, Dist 7) are the prime sponsors. This bill was hoghoused in Senate Commerce. The new version of this bill seems much more straightforward in allowing a special off-sale package wine dealers or malt beverage dealers license for use in certain special events. The committee also added an emergency clause so it could take effect after being passed into law. The amended bill passed through Senate Commerce 7-0. It then passed the Senate floor 33-0.

House Judiciary committee has 5 bills on Fri Feb 27

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wreckedcarOn Friday, February 27th, at 10:00 AM the SD House Judiciary committee will take on 5 bills.

SB 13 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Require certain persons convicted for human trafficking to register as sex offenders. This bill was deferred to Jan 26.

The Office of the Attorney General asked for this one. It passed Senate Judiciary and the Senate floor with no opposition. This bill adds two types of crimes to those that require registering as a sex offender. These two are first degree human trafficking if the victim is a minor and second degree human trafficking involving the prostitution of a minor. This bill I wonder about, because either of these convictions seem to possibly fit under current types of crimes that already require registering as a sex offender.

SB 17 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the definition of motor vehicles that are subject to the lemon law.

This bill was requested by the SD Office of the Attorney General. This bill was slightly amended in Senate Transportation and then went to pass through the Senate with no opposition. Currently a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle wight rating of ten thousand pounds or more does not fall under the term “motor vehicle” in this section of law. This bill would change that to fifteen thousand pounds.

SB 82 – SoDakLiberty PostsUpdate outdated language related to domestic abuse.

Sen Craig Tieszen (R, Dist 34) and Rep Jim Bolin (R, Dist 16) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed the Senate Judiciary committee 7-0 and the Senate floor 31-2. This bill would modify language for domestic abuse in one part of code to point at the new language for domestic relationships that was modified last year (§ 25-10-3.1).

SB 97 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise the allowable penalties for a person admitted to drug court.

Sen Craig Tieszen (R, Dist 34) and Rep Jacqueline Sly – (R, Dist 33) are the prime sponsors. It passed through the Senate with no opposition. I still haven’t listened to testimony to be sure I understand it correctly…

SB 98 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise the provisions related to the financial accountability system.

Sen Craig Tieszen (R, Dist 34) and Rep Jacqueline Sly – (R, Dist 33) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed Senate Judiciary 5-1 and the Senate floor 31-2. This is another bill I have yet to listen to testimony on.

Senate State Affairs committee has 5 bills on Fri Feb 27

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election-panda-cleanOn Friday, February 27th, at 10:00 AM the SD Senate State Affairs committee will take on 5 bills.

Also on the agenda:

Governor Appointments:
Tom Jones, Turner County, Viborg, South Dakota to the
Board of Economic Development
Steve Emery, Hughes County, Pierre, South Dakota, to the position of
Secretary of the Department of Tribal Affairs
Kimberley Malsam-Rysdon, Hughes County, Pierre, to the position of
Secretary of the Department of Health
Governor Reappointment:
James Hagen, Hughes County, Pierre, South Dakota, to the position of
Secretary of the Department of Tourism

HB 1176 – SoDakLiberty PostsAuthorize a person to be on the general election ballot for president or vice president and another office.

Rep Brian Gosch (R, Dist 32) and Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) are the prime sponsors. The bill passed House State Affairs 9-2 and the House floor 50-17.

Here is what I said about the bill before:

This is one of those bills that just shows politics in SD never seems to change. To put this bill in perspective lets go down memory lane with Argus reporter Jonathan Ellis:

In 2002, state lawmakers passed three laws that barred candidates from running for president or vice president while also running for another office. One of the three laws applied to primary elections.

Why? At the time, then Sen. Tom Daschle was weighing a possible run for president in 2004. Daschle’s Senate seat was also up in 2004, and the Republican-controlled Legislature was trying to ice Daschle out: He could run for the Democratic nomination for president, or he could run for a fourth Senate term. But he couldn’t do both.

The “Daschle rule” was considered a success. That political move could be seen as a victory by the Republican Party. And honestly, I think it actually is a good rule. Pick an office and run for it.

Now let’s fast forward ten years. There is the potential of Senator Thune running for President or Vice President on the same year he is up for re–election as a Senator in 2016. So what is the Republican Party to do in such a situation? Well, apparently they will introduce 1176 and remove the barrier they created for a Democrat Senator to run for two offices. It should be noted the bill is directed at the President and Vice President runs; any other combination of elections are forbidden to run for two offices on the ballot.

I still feel this is a bad bill. This bill will likely pass. After session ends I plan to do a post about Thune and his possibilities…

HB 1177 – SoDakLiberty PostsRemove certain exceptions to campaign finance report filings.

Rep Tim Rounds (R, Dist 24) and Sen Arthur Rusch (R, Dist 17) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed State Affairs 12-0 after being amended. The amendment prevented a new section of code form being created, and instead the bill now changes current code. The bill will require a candidate who was in a primary election, but not a general election, have their campaign finance disclosure statement or termination report to the SOS by the 2nd Friday of August. It also changes the year-end financial disclosure from being due on Feb 1 to being due the first Monday in February. The amended bill passed the House floor 69-0.

HJR 1005 – SoDakLiberty PostsDesignating Oglala Lakota County as the new name of Shannon County.

Rep Kevin Killer (D, Dist 27) and Sen Jim Bradford (D, Dist 27) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed House State Affairs 12-0 and the House floor 64-5. I’m not sure what the no’s on the House floor were about. The voters of Shannon County already decided they wanted to change the name to Oglala Lakota County. This is just a formality.

HB 1144 – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal and revise certain unnecessary and outdated provisions related to state affairs and government.

The SD Office of the Governor asked for this bill. It passed the House with no opposition. This bill removes a few lines of code.

HB 1064 – SoDakLiberty PostsProhibit unlawful self-dealing by state officers and employees.

Rep Mark Mickelson (R, Dist 13) and Sen Larry Tidemann (R, Dist 7) are the prime sponsors.

This bill was hoghoused in the House Judiciary committee and passed that committee 12-0. It then passed the House floor 67-1. This bill should hopefully prevent another Bollen/Benda situation. It creates greater specificity in law prohibiting a state official from creating deals that would benefit them-self. The bill also continues these prohibitions for one year after the person is no longer a state official.

Senate Appropriations committee has 8 bills on Fri Feb 27

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mystica-Coins-MoneyOn Friday, February 27th, at 8:00 AM the SD Senate Appropriations committee will take on 8 bills.

HB 1002 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Make an appropriation to the Department of Revenue to provide for the electronic submission of reports and taxes related to alcoholic beverages and to declare an emergency.

The interim Interim Alcoholic Beverage Shipping and Distribution Committee asked for this bill. This bill passed House Appropriations 8-0 after being amended down to a dollar. The original amount appropriated was $100,000 for the electronic tax collection technology used for reports and taxes related to alcoholic beverages. The amended bill passed the House floor 59-9.

HB 1015 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Repeal certain provisions regarding the South Dakota Risk Pool.

This bill is at the request of the SD Bureau of Human Resources. The bill was amended in the House Health and Human Services committee and flew through the House with no opposition.

HB 1042 – SoDakLiberty PostsAuthorize the Department of Public Safety to construct offices in Butte County and Roberts County, to make an appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency.

This bill is for the SD Department of Public Safety. It passed House Appropriations 8-0 and the House floor 64-3. This bill appropriates $196,850 for new facilities in Butte County and Roberts County.

HB 1047 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain reversion provisions relating to the General Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2013.

This bill passed House Appropriations 8-0 where it was amended to fix the title. It passed the House floor 65-3. This bill would carry over funding used for the South Dakota Public Safety Improvement Act, which was passed into law in 2013 (SB 70). This bill doesn’t allow more funding, it just carries the originally approved funding another year

HB 1048 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding state hosting and employee reimbursement policies.

The SD Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) asked for this bill. This bill passed House Appropriations 9-0 and the House floor 57-10. This would bring the state reimbursement for certain meals in line with what is practiced in most corporations.

HB 1049 – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal certain provisions regarding reversions of appropriations for a repealed tax refund program.

The Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) is the source of this bill. It passed through the House without opposition. This bill repeals all code in Zero Based Budgets (§ 4-7A) and Coordination of Federally aided Programs (§ 4-8B).

BILLS FOR POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH HAVE HAD PRIOR HEARING.

HB 1050 – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal certain funds, to make revisions to receipts dedicated to the property tax reduction fund, and to create the general revenue replacement fund.

The SD Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) asked for this bill. This bill passed House Appropriations 8-0 and the House floor 58-11. This puts funds directly to the general fund that were in special purpose funds. It appears this might be a way for the executive branch to get around using money the way they are supposed to.

HB 1188 – SoDakLiberty PostsMake an appropriation to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to develop a hydrologic model of the lower Big Sioux River Basin in southeast South Dakota and to declare an emergency.

The SD Office of the Governor asked for this bill. This originally appropriated $500,000 for this project, but was amended down to $1 in House Appropriations, where it passed 9-0. It went on to pass the House floor 53-14.

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