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Bills killed by the SD Senate committees during the first 5 weeks

February 15, 2015

Wooden-TableHere are the bills that have been killed by the SD Senate committees during the first five weeks of the legislative session. I believe this list is mostly accurate, but the app I made to grab info from the LRC website it buggy so I don’t guarantee I haven’t missed a bill or two.

Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources

SB 167 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions relating to moisture and protein content devices and the fee that may be charged for such devices.

I didn’t get a chance to understand this bill. But it seemed like over-regulation to me.

SB 127 – Tabled – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding operation of hog confinement facilities.

Another bill I didn’t have a chance to research. It did much around with the restrictions on corporations.

HB 1095 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide access to abandoned cemeteries and private burying grounds.

I can’t imagine why the Senate Ag committee deferred this one. Unless something in law already provided access. I guess I’ll have to listen to this committee meeting to find out what happened.

Senate Appropriations

I don’t see any bills killed off by Senate Appropriations yet.

Senate Commerce and Energy

SB 62 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsIncrease certain license fees for food service, lodging, and campground establishments.

This bill had a lot of tax fee hikes in it.

SB 155 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty Posts – Establish a voluntary list of disassociated persons for exclusion or removal from licensed gaming institutions.

I am happy this bill was killed. If the gaming industry wants to do this, well they can do it on their own. State involvement is not necessary or wise.

SB 156 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty Posts – Require a minimum amount of paid sick leave for employees.

This was just a bad bill. Not only was it an expensive mandate on small business owners, it had way too many logistical issues to implement.

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

I never did research this one or listen to the testimony.

Senate Education

SB 42 – Tabled – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions relating to the filing of student birth certificates.

This would have added some docs that can be used in place of a birth certificate.

SB 117 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty Posts – Further protect the privacy of certain student information.

This would have been a good bill. It would have added a few pieces of personal information to the info that elementary or secondary school students should not be asked about on a survey, analysis or evaluation

SB 104 – Tabled – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding student surveys.

This is a bad bill. It is similar to SB 117. But instead of the current protections on student data, this would have created an opt-out. It is a sad day when the legislature has bills that are trying to remove protections from students private data. Luckily this bill is tabled (at least for now).

SB 133 – Tabled – SoDakLiberty Posts – Require all students leaving an accredited school for an alternative education program to wait one year before participating in interscholastic activities.

Homeschoolers rightfully saw this as an attack on them. The bill being tabled is a good thing!

SB 114 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty Posts – Encourage and protect the teaching of certain scientific information.

This was a bad bill. It actually has popped up in a few states this year. It actually does the opposite of what the bill title says.

Senate Health and Human Services

SB 187 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty Posts – Establish certain rights of parents regarding the upbringing, education, health care, and mental health care of their children and to provide certain penalties for the violation of those rights.

I will have to listen to the testimony on this one. It actually appears to be a good parents bill of rights protecting their ability to parent.

Senate Judiciary

SB 123 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty Posts – Prohibit an employer from requiring an employee or applicant to provide passwords to personal accounts.

This was one I agree with in principle. But I would think this already falls under other laws.

SB 162 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty Posts – Permit certain legislators to carry concealed firearms in the State Capitol Building under certain conditions.

I usually agree with gun laws. But I don’t like laws that specify certain groups. A bill that would open it for anyone would have been better (although that wouldn’t pass either).

Senate Local Government

SB 74 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsRestrict the use of fireworks that frighten livestock or leave debris on private property.

I believe it is already illegal to damage other peoples private property. This was just a bad law all around.

SB 116 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty Posts – Authorize the county coroner to charge a fee for certain autopsy reports.

Normally I would balk at a new fee, but this one seems to be getting the coroner’s office to recoup costs of copying like other government entities are able to.

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

I don’t know that this is an issue in SD. It is in other states, but that doesn’t mean it is here.

Senate Retirement Laws

This committee sees very few bills.

Senate State Affairs

SB 112 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding voting rights of a person convicted of a felony.

This was a change I actually quite liked. Too bad it wasn’t given a chance.

SB 84 – Tabled – SoDakLiberty PostsLimit 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.

Since the House version made it to the Senate there was no reason to do anything with this bill. If it wasn’t tabled I would be opposing it. There is no way for a state to impose such a law on a delegate.

SJR 1 – Tabled – 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.

Since the House version made it to the Senate there was no reason to do anything with this bill. If it wasn’t tabled I would be opposing it. The risk is so much greater than any potential gain from a Con Con.

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

This was a bad move by Republican leadership. Even if the intentions behind the bill were good, it was taken very badly by the public. It never looks good when the legislature tries to make it harder to be involved in the political process.

SB 121 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty Posts – Prospectively repeal the death penalty.

This is a tough issue. Personally I am philosophically opposed to the death penalty. But I understand intellectually why some believe it is necessary.

SB 122 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise provisions related to the death penalty.

I thought this one might make it to the floor. It doesn’t actually get rid of the death penalty. It just tightened the language to make it less likely to be applicable.

Senate Taxation

SB 44 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the criteria for classifying property as agricultural land and to provide for additional requirements for small agricultural acreages and timber land to be classified as agricultural land.

One of the biggest problems with this bill appeared to be the fact that different counties have different actual uses in ag.

SB 102 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions that dedicate property tax revenue for the financing of tax incremental districts.

I still need to listen to the testimony to understand this bill.

Senate Transportation

SB 79 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions concerning the manner in which county wheel taxes are imposed.

This bill would have exempted all trailers.

SB 160 – Tabled – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions pertaining to the operation of motor vehicles.

This change would have changed the sunset/sunrise headlight requirement to what I thought it already was.

SB 175 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding the vehicles with military speciality plates that are not subject to annual registration fees.

Not sure why this was deferred. It would have added the Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, or Bronze Star license plates.

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