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House Local Government committee has 3 bills on Tues Feb 17

February 16, 2015
Glock 17. Photo by Ken Santema 01/29/15.

Glock 17. Photo by Ken Santema 01/29/15.

On Tuesday, February 17th, at 10:00 AM the SD House Local Government committee will take on 3 bills.

HB 1165 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the composition requirement of the Historic Preservation Commission.

Rep Scott Munsterman (R, Dist 7) and Sen Larry Tidemann (R, Dist 7) are the prime sponsors. This bill changes any residency requirements to be governed by the governing, instead of in codified law. I don’t see a problem with that change.

HB 1224 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide procedures for issuing driver licenses and nondriver identification cards that do not require certain biometric data and high resolution facial images.

Rep Blaine “Chip” Campbell (R, Dist 35) and Sen Phil Jensen – (R, Dist 33) are the prime sponsors. There is quite a lot going on in this bill. But Section 2 has the crux of the bill:

The department shall modify the application form for the issuance of a license or nondriver identification card to contain a statement of exemption that includes the following language: “BIOMETRIC AND SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION” “Because of my religious beliefs, I object to enrollment in an international biometric identification system including facial recognition and digital finger printing, that directlyconnects my body to identification, the linking of my Social Security number to biometric identification, personal biometric information sharing, and to identification using radio frequency identification technology or similar technologies.”

    Any applicant who signs the exemption is exempt from supplying biometric data to the department.

This is a bill I WILL listen to testimony on. It sounds like a good bill on so many levels.

HB 1183 – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal the prohibition against carrying permitted concealed weapons in the state capitol building.

Rep Blaine “Chip” Campbell (R, Dist 35) and Sen Betty Olson (R, Dist 28) are the prime sponsors. The title of this bill is pretty self-explanatory. There is a notable exception built into the bill:

The Governor, the Supreme Court justices, any constitutional officer, the speaker of the House, and the president pro tempore of the Senate may post signs in each respective office or gallery prohibiting the carry of any concealed weapon within the office or gallery

This should be an interesting bill to listen to testimony on.

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