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House Local Government committee has 3 bills on Thurs Feb 19

February 18, 2015

ConversationUpdated 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 10:00 AM the SD House Local Government 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.

HB 1153 – SoDakLiberty PostsExpand the definition of teleconference to include certain meetings conducted through electronic text colloquy and to require the retention of certain records of text colloquy meetings for public inspection.

Rep Al Novstrup (R, Dist 3) and Sen Dan Lederman (R, Dist 16) are the prime sponsors. Wow, I really like this bill for its push towards a more open government. Currently the definition of teleconference per § 1-25-1.2 is:

1-25-1.2.   Teleconference defined. For the purposes of this chapter, a teleconference is information exchanged by audio or video medium.

This bill would add the following language to that definition:

A text colloquy among a quorum of a public body or a political subdivision by electronic means, including e-mail, text messaging, chat services, and other similar media is a teleconference if official business is discussed. The contents of any teleconference meeting conducted by text colloquy among a quorum of a public body or a political subdivision by electronic means is a public record and shall be maintained by the public body for a period of one year following the meeting. The scheduling of any meeting or similar communication does not constitute official business for purposes of this section.

A huge hat-tip to Novstrup and Lederman for bringing this bill forth!

HB 1154 – SoDakLiberty PostsLimit the amount that may be charged for certain document requests.

Rep Al Novstrup (R, Dist 3) and Sen Bernie Hunhoff (D, Dist 18) are the prime sponsors. This would limit the charge for certain document requests to $25 per hour. I’ll have to listen to find out what requests this would apply to.

HB 1201 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding planning and zoning.

Rep Mark Mickelson (R, Dist 13) and Sen Gary Cammack (R, Dist 29) are the prime sponsors. I’ll have to listen to this one in order to understand the changes.

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