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Bills on the SD Senate floor for Thurs Feb 5

February 5, 2015
Walking up to the Capital building. Photo by Ken Santema 01/22/15

Walking up to the Capital building. Photo by Ken Santema 01/22/15

Here are the bills on the SD Senate floor for Thursday, Feb 5, which begins at 2:00 PM central.

With HB 1058 and HB 1059 on the agenda this might be a good one to watch (if they actually get to those bills that is).


HCR 1004 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Addressed to the United States Supreme Court setting forth certain facts and expressly enumerating the grievances of the People of the State of South Dakota, through their elected representatives, with that Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), and its progeny and calling for that Court to now protect the intrinsic, natural, fundamental rights of the children of our State and nation and the intrinsic, natural, fundamental rights of their pregnant mothers in their relationship with their children, and the mothers’ health by reconsidering and overturning the court’s decision in Roe.

*Deferred from Feb 3.

I guess the Senate didn’t want to debate this resolution on the same day they debated a resolution to tackle federal regulations. This abortion related resolution passed the House 60-10.  Sen Rave is the Senate prime sponsor for this resolution.


SB 161 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Allow certain fireworks to be used all year.

This bill was amended in Senate Commerce to remove fountains, sparklers, and ground spinners from the fireworks being added by this bill. All that leaves in the bill is “snakes, and smoke effects, if they do not fly, travel, or explode, to single-shot parachute pieces without a flare”. After being amended it passed the committee 7-0. There really isn’t much left to the bill, why bother at this point?

SB 80 – SoDakLiberty PostsIncrease the selling price of a towed vehicle that exempts the seller of the vehicle from certain vehicle dealer licensing requirements.

This bill passed Senate Transportation 7-0.

SB 85 – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal certain requirements regarding the handlebar height on motorcycles.

This bill passed Senate Transportation 6-0. This is a great bill. It gets rid of a law that isn’t based on any true public safety grounds.

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

This bill passed Senate Transportation 6-0. I still want to see an electric-powered motorcycle!

SB 111 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Repeal the provision that invalidates absentee ballots cast by voters who died before the date of the election.

This passed Local Government 5-1. I thought it would die in committee. Here is what I said about the bill before, and stick with: “I don’t really see the purpose of this bill. Election day is election day. I already think SD over-uses early voting. I don’t see a problem with the current law that states if you are not alive on election day that your vote won’t count.”

SB 100 SoDakLiberty Posts – Create a leased residential property classification and to establish the school district general fund levy for the property classification.

This bill passed Senate Taxation 4-3. This might be an interesting one to listen to on the Senate floor.

SB 57 – SoDakLiberty PostsAuthorize and regulate the playing of craps, roulette, and keno within the city limits of the city of Deadwood.

This bill passed Senate State Affairs 7-1. This is the legislature actually implementing Amendment Q, which was passed by the voters last fall. It is worth noting that casinos in Deadwood still have a limitation for number of machines. So if they add a craps, roulette, or keno station they must take something away. In listening to the hearing it appeared the opposition came because of opposition to gambling altogether. But this is a good bill, it will allow Deadwood to be competitive in their industry nationwide.

SB 66 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding the county renaming process.

*Deferred from yesterday yet again!

This bill passed the Local Government committee 6-0 after being amended. It keeps getting deferred on the Senate floor. The bill removes the legislators out of the equation completely and has the governor proclaim the new county name the July after the election to change the name.

SB 39 – SoDakLiberty PostsMake an appropriation for costs related to disasters in the state and to declare an emergency.

*Deferred from yesterday yet again!

This bill passed the Senate Appropriations committee 9-0. It keeps getting deferred on the Senate floor. It appropriates $7,994,449 for disasters.


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

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.

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 1063 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the notice provisions for the name change of a minor child.

*Deferred from yesterday!

This bill passed House Judiciary and the House floor with no opposition. It passed Senate Judiciary 6-1. This one appears to make sure that the other parent of a child is notified when there will be a name change for a child.

HB 1043SoDakLiberty Posts – Repeal certain outdated and obsolete provisions regarding the Department of Education.

*Deferred from yesterday!

This bill was amended in House Ed. After that it passed House Ed and the House floor with no opposition. It passed Senate Ed 5-2.  This bill appears to repeal outdated code.

HB 1057 – SoDakLiberty PostsMake an appropriation to reimburse certain eligible health care professionals who have complied with the requirements of the rural health care facility recruitment assistance program and to declare an emergency.

*Deferred again yesterday!

This was amended in House Appropriations and passed 8-0. It then passed the House floor and Senate Appropriations with no opposition. The bill originally appropriated $302,500 for use with the rural health care facility recruitment assistance program. This bill was amended in House Appropriations down to the amount of $260,000.

HB 1051 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise various trust and trust company provisions.

*Deferred again yesterday!

This bill passed House State Affairs, the House Floor, and Senate State Affairs with no opposition.

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

*Deferred again 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.


SC 6 SoDakLiberty Posts – Honoring Kym Johnston of Lennox as South Dakota’s 2014 Curriculum Director of the Year.

SC 7 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Honoring and commending Paula Horton as Lennox School District Teacher of the Year.

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