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Senate Local Government committee has 3 bills on Weds Feb 18

February 17, 2015
Classic firetruck in the Brookings Independence Day Parade. Photo by Ken Santema 07/04/14.

Classic firetruck in the Brookings Independence Day Parade. Photo by Ken Santema 07/04/14.

On Wednesday, February 18th, at 7:45 AM the SD Senate Local Government committee will take on 3 bills.

HB 1081 – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal certain provisions regarding county officials and the board of county commissioners.

Rep Alex Jensen (R, Dist 12) and Sen Betty Olson (R, Dist 28) are the prime sponsors. This bill was amended in House Local government, where it passed without opposition. It only had three no votes on the house floor. This bill would allow counties to reimburse travel expenses at rates higher than the State sets. I understand this was an issue here in Brown County when gas prices kept going up. This bill also removes the requirement that county commissioners must visit county jails at least once a year.

HB 1083 – SoDakLiberty PostsRequire reimbursement to certain entities for fire suppression and extinguishment costs.

Rep Dan Kaiser (R, Dist 3) and Sen Brock Greenfield  (R, Dist 2) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed House Judiciary 12-0 after being gutted and simplified. It was then slightly amended on the House floor and passed there 56-11. The current bill is actually quite short. Here is the current version:

Each fire department may bill and collect the costs of fire fighting and suppression of a fire not covered by the wildland fire suppression statutes set forth in chapter 34-35.

This will allow rural fire departments to collect for fires that were set negligently. Apparently fire departments in incorporated towns have this right already.

HB 1136 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions concerning the administration of unlocatable mineral, leasehold, or royalty interests.

Rep Sam Marty (R, Dist 28B) and Sen Betty Olson (R, Dist 28) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed House Local Gov and the House floor with no opposition. The bill changes giving money for administrative costs to the county where the minerals are located; current law says where the trustee is located.

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