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House Taxation committee has 4 bills on Thurs Feb 19

February 18, 2015
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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 Taxation committee will take on 4 bills. The committee may reconvene at 3:00 PM or immediately following Session if necessary to get through all the bills.

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

HB 1227 – SoDakLiberty PostsAuthorize counties to impose sales and use taxes.

Rep Elizabeth May (R, Dist 27) and Sen Jim Bradford (D, Dist 27) are the prime sponsors. Looking through this bill it appears all the bases are covered. This would allow a county to implement a sales and use tax up to two percent. I noticed this in Section 2 of the bill: “Any tax, imposed by the governing board of any county pursuant to the provisions of this Act, may be referred to a vote of the people for its approval or disapproval”. My question here is the “may” part. That would seem to make it optional to put the new tax up for a vote. I wonder how far this will go. SB 135 (SoDakLiberty Posts) has already passed the Senate, and that bill would allow municipalities to impose an additional sales and use tax.


HB 1233 – SoDakLiberty PostsAccommodate legislation to revise certain provisions regarding tax collection agreements with Indian tribes.

This is a hoghouse vehicle bill brought forth by Rep Shawn Bordeaux (D, Dist 26A) and Sen Troy Heinert (D, Dist 26). Basically it is an empty bill that can be filled with legislation. From what I understand there is a bill that is being worked on to put into this bill.

HB 1234 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding tax compacts with Indian tribes.

Rep Shawn Bordeaux (D, Dist 26A) is the prime sponsor, there is no Senate prime. Testimony was taken on this bill on Tues, but the Bordeaux was not in attendance so action was deferred until this meeting.

This bill would add the following taxes to the list of tax collection agreements with Indian tribes:

(13) The uniform municipal non-ad valorem tax imposed by chapter 10-52;
(14) The taxation of telecommunications companies tax imposed by chapter 10-33A;
(15) The taxation of telephone companies tax imposed by chapter 10-33;
(16) The taxation of rural electric companies tax imposed by chapter 10-36; and
(17) The occupational tax on alcoholic beverages imposed by chapter 35-5.

HB 1207 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions concerning the school district pension fund and capital outlay fund tax levies, to provide property tax opt-out procedures for the capital outlay levy, and to revise the per student allocation.

Rep Justin Cronin (R, Dist 23) and Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) are the prime sponsors. This was deferred from last week. Here are the notes I had about his bill prior to the Feb 10 committee meeting:

For most of this bill I will have to listen to the testimony to learn more about it. But one change is the per student allocation. The current allocation for school year 2015 is $4781.14 (that is currently in the law). This bill would actually split the per student allocation for School year 16 into two groups. The first half of School Year 2016 would have a per student allocation of $4,852.86, and the second half would have a per student allocation of $4,924.86. Finally the school year 2017 allocation would be $4,924.86 per student. That seems like an odd approach. I’ll have to hear the reasoning.

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