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Senate Local Government committee has four bills on Mon Feb 9

February 8, 2015

Government Bonds LabelOn Monday, February 9th, at 7:45 AM the SD Senate Local Government committee will take on 4 bills.

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.

Sen David Omdahl (R, Dist 11) and Rep Don Haggar are the prime sponsors. 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?

SB 126 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain publications date citations for references to the International Building Code and International Property Maintenance Code.

Sen Brock Greenfield  (R, Dist 2) and Rep Michele Harrison (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors. This updates references from the 2012 edition of the International Building Code to 2015. This is an area that annoys me actually. If someone wants to find out how to comply with code they need to dish out $131 to find out what the code is for new buildings. This is a way for government officials to over-regulate without making it look like they are doing so.

SB 183 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise the voting requirements regarding the issuance of bonds by public bodies and capital outlay certificates by school districts.

Sen Jason Frerichs (D, Dist 1) and Rep Dennis Feickert (D, Dist 1) are the prime sponsors. This would drop the requirement of sixty percent in favor of issuing a bond down to fifty-five percent. This bill appears to be trying to make it issue to get bonds passed.

SB 184 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Prohibit the sale of tax certificates by certain counties.

Sen Jason Frerichs (D, Dist 1) and Rep Patrick Kirschman (D, Dist 15) are the prime sponsors. This would get rid of the exemption allowing county commissioners to adopt a resolution waiving the prohibition of sale of tax certificates. I’ve seen in other states where some real estate investors flock to tax certificate sales. Is this some sort of issue in SD?

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