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Senate State Affairs has six bills on Fri Feb 6

February 6, 2015

On Friday, February 6th, at 9:00 AM the SD Senate State Affairs committee will take on 6 bills.

They moved this meeting to an earlier time and different room. With the bills being taken up I’m not sure there will be enough time for this lineup.

SB 1 – SoDakLiberty PostsFinance improvements on the public highways and bridges by establishing or increasing the motor vehicle excise tax, taxes on fuel, motor vehicle registration fees, and wheel taxes, to provide for the distribution of certain revenue, and to establish certain state and local planning and reporting requirements concerning the condition of public highways and bridges.

This is the massive infrastructure funding bill being carried by Sen Mike Vehle (R, Dist 20) and Rep Mary Duvall (R, Dist 24). I honestly still haven’t had time to actually dig into this bill, or the Governors version (HB 1131). I still haven’t had time to fully study either of the two bills. Instead of commenting on this massive tax and fee hike, I’ll just repost this summary provided by Sen Novstroup at a recent cracker barrel in Aberdeen (PDF version). When (if) I get time I hope to actually dig deeper into both proposals.

Comparison between the Governor's Highway & Bridge Funding Bill and SB1. Document provided by Sen Novstrup at Aberdeen cracker barrel.

Comparison between the Governor’s Highway & Bridge Funding Bill and SB1. Document provided by Sen Novstrup at Aberdeen cracker barrel.

HB 1004 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Authorize the direct sale of distilled spirits from artisan distillers to retailers and wholesalers.

This bill passed House Taxation 10-4 and the House floor 60-7. Rep Roger Solum (R, Dist 5) and Sen Corey Brown (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors.

This bill would allow artisan distillers to get their product out the market. There are a lot of restrictions for these artisan distillers included in the bill.  As a fan of whiskey I truly would love to see this change happen. Current law makes it hard for artisan distillers to get started. This would make artisan distillers to use a program that is almost exactly like the artisan wineries.

HJR 1001 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Making formal application to Congress to call an Article V convention of the states for the sole purpose of proposing a federal balanced budget amendment.

This bill passed House State Affairs 9-3 and the House floor 39-30. Rep Jim Stalzer (R, Dist 11) and Sen Ernie Otten (R, Dist 6) are the prime sponsors.

I am outright opposed to this bill and its sister bill HB 1069. My House State Affairs committee post for Jan 26 explains why. But basically an Article V convention has far more risks than potential gains.

HB 1069 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Limit the authority of delegates to a limited Article V convention to vote for unauthorized amendments contrary to legislative instructions and to provide a civil fine for the violation thereof.

This bill had an amendment in House State Affairs to fix a reference to the HJR. This bill passed House State Affairs 9-3 and the House floor 38-31. Rep Jim Stalzer (R, Dist 11) and Sen Ernie Otten (R, Dist 6) are the prime sponsors.

I am outright opposed to this bill and its sister bill HJR 1001. My House State Affairs committee post for Jan 26 explains why. But basically I do not believe delegates can have their authority limited in an Article V convention.

HB 1001 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Establish a wine direct shipment license and wine carrier license to enable the direct shipments of certain wine in South Dakota.

This bill passed House Taxation 13-1 and the House floor 65-2. Rep Roger Solum (R, Dist 5) and Sen Corey Brown (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors. I think it is good a direct wine shipment is moving through the SD legislature. I still think a couple provisions make it unusable in reality, but it is a start.

SB 166 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise the method used to calculate the petition signatures to place initiated measures on the ballot and to declare an emergency.

Sen Corey Brown (R, Dist 23) and Rep Jim Stalzer (R, Dist 11) are the prime sponsors. All I can say about this bill is “WTF”. Really? This bill would make it harder for citizens to get initiated measures on the ballot. It would appear this is in response to the minimum wage increase being passed last year. I believe this is a bad move on Sen Brown’s part. It has been said this will stop outside groups from creating crazy initiated measures on the people of SD. The problem is these outside groups generally have money and will be able to meet the new thresholds OK. Instead of outside groups, I feel this bill would hurt true in-state grass-roots efforts to get an initiated measure on the ballot. I’m no fan of initiated measure in general, but they do serve a potential purpose. Hopefully this will die in committee.

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