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House Health and Human Services committee has 3 bills on Thurs Feb 19

February 18, 2015
Suntan Goggles © Johanna Goodyear | Dreamstime Stock Photos

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© Johanna Goodyear | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Updated 2-19-15 – Earlier I incorrectly stated this is the last day to move bills from the chamber of origin to the floor. There is in fact one more opportunity to do so for these committees on next Tuesday!

On Thursday, February 19th, at 7:45 AM the SD House Health and Human Services committee will take on 3 bills.

This is the second to last day this committee has to move House bills from the committee to the House floor.

SB 60 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide newborn screening of inherited and genetic disorders.

This bill passed Senate Health 5-1. It was amended on the Senate floor and then was passed 31-4.

Here is what I had to say about the bill prior to its Senate Health hearing:

The Department of Health asked for this bill. This would extend current law of infants being checked for metabolic disorders be extended to inherited and genetic disorders. I don’t like this bill at all. There is no reason for the DOH to get involved in the genetics of infants.

Now that I’ve had more time to look into the bill and listen to testimony I more firmly believe this is a bad bill. The DOH has no place getting between the doctor and patient. What tests a newborn goes through should not involve a government agency at all.

SB 63 – SoDakLiberty PostsAdopt the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.

This bill passed Senate Health and Human Services 6-0. It was amended on the Senate floor with following section added:

No state general funds shall be used to support the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact enacted by this bill.

The bill then passed the Senate floor 24-10.

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has come out against this bill because it would potentially place bureaucratic burdens on physicians within South Dakota. Upon further research I hope this bill is killed in House committee. One thing SD doctors do not need is another barrier between them and focusing on their patients issues.

BILLS FOR POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH HAVE HAD PRIOR HEARING.

HB 1166 – SoDakLiberty PostsProhibit the use of tanning devices by minors.

This bill has been heard in committee before and was deferred after failing to pass. The failing committee vote was 6-6. Here is what I had to say about the bill before:

Rep Scott Munsterman (R, Dist 7) and Sen Larry Tidemann (R, Dist 7) are the prime sponsors of this bill. Personally I don’t understand why anyone (including my wife) chooses to use tanning devices. Further I see no reason why there needs to be a law to make this decision for parents. Hopefully this bill dies in committee.

I still feel my above words hold true. In addition I have a feeling some people are trying to finish of the tanning industry completely after ACA failed to do so.

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