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Senate Commerce has six bills on Thurs Feb 5

February 4, 2015

prescription-plainOn Thursday, February 5th, at 10:00 AM the SD Senate Commerce and Energy committee will take on 6 bills.

Also on the agenda:

Confirmation of the executive appointment of Robert H. Hartford, Hughes County, Pierre, South Dakota, to the South Dakota Lottery Commission.

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

Sen Bruce Rampelberg (R, Dist 30) and Rep Leslie Heinemann (R, Dist 8) are the prime sponsors. This has a few changes made to code. A lot of it seems aimed at making sure certain parts of the rx drug plans have certain details. After reading this I might just check out my plan, it never occurred to me to find out if drugs administered in a clinic are covered.

SB 120 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding special alcoholic beverage licenses issued in conjunction with special events.

Sen Larry Tidemann (R, Dist 7) and Rep Scott Munsterman (R, Dist 7) are the prime sponsors. This adds malt beverages to the special off-sale package.

SB 155 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Establish a voluntary list of disassociated persons for exclusion or removal from licensed gaming institutions.

This was deferred from Feb 3. Here are my notes from prior to that meeting:

Sen Angie Buhl O’Donnell (D, Dist 15) and Rep Peggy Gibson (D, Dist 22) are the prime sponsors of this bill. I don’t get the point of this bill. It would allow people to put themselves on a list to keep them out of gambling establishments. That person could not get off that list until five years has passed. Huh? I get it. There are people out there will gambling additions and they may try to use this to curb their addition. But this bill is just bad. If gaming establishments want to come up with something like this one their own, OK. But there is no reason for the State of SD to take away a citizens right to association, even especially if it is done so willingly. Hopefully this one dies in committee.

SB 156 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Require a minimum amount of paid sick leave for employees.

This was deferred from Feb 3. Here are my notes from prior to that meeting:

Sen Angie Buhl O’Donnell (D, Dist 15) and Rep Kevin Killer (D, Dist 27) are the prime sponsors of this bill. This bill would require employers to provide one hour of sick time for every thirty hours worked; to begin ninety days after employment. The sick time can be used if any of the following scenarios apply to the employee, the employee’s spouse, or the employee’s child:

  1. Illness, injury, or health condition;
  2.  Medical diagnosis, care, or treatment for a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; or
  3. Preventive medical care.

The bill also specifies that such sick time can be used for care relating to domestic abuse or sexual violence (wouldn’t that fall under #2 above?). It does say the employer can require seven days notice to use the sick time for foreseeable uses (probably such as surgeries).

I don’t like this bill. It puts the State further into the relationship between employers and employees. Such requirements will potentially hurt small business owners that are providing as many benefits as they possibly can.

Some small companies offer a collective paid time off to their employees. They will offer a certain amount of days per year to use as the employee wishes, whether it be for sick time or for vacation. If this law passes will companies move away from that and go back to pure sick time? Will this law force them to remove some or all of their vacation days?

SB 138 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Eliminate an exemption for single-family homes regarding certain asbestos removal provisions.

Sen Dan Lederman (R, Dist 16) and Rep David Anderson (R, Dist 16) are the prime sponsors. I’ll have to listen to understand what this one is about.

SB 165 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Povide that the financial responsibility policy of a self-insured car rental company is secondary to the financial responsibility policy of the renter.

Sen Blake Curd (R, Dist 12) and Rep Justin Cronin (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors. This bill does exactly what the title says. I guess that situation must have come up.

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