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Senate Appropriations committee has 19 bills on Fri Feb 20

February 19, 2015
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On Friday, February 20th, at 8:00 AM the SD Senate Appropriations committee will take on 19 bills.

** This meeting is important. Next Tuesday is the last opportunity for committees to get the bills from their chamber moved on to floor.

SB 55 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the General Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2015.

The Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) is the source of this bill. I haven’t yet had time to actually research the changes made with this bill.

SB 99 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions of the Medicaid contingency fund due to federal legislation, to make an appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency.

Sen Deb Peters (R, Dist 9) and Rep Justin Cronin (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors. If I am reading the bill right (a big if), it moves $9,000,000 from the Medicaid contingency fund and moves it to the Department of Social Services.

SB 106 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Provide funding for the South Dakota technical institutes.

Sen Corey Brown (R, Dist 23) and Rep Dan Dryden (R, Dist 34) are the prime sponsors. This is a hoghouse vehicle bill.

SB 145 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Accommodate legislation to increase teacher pay in South Dakota.

Sen Billie Sutton (D, Dist 21) and Rep Julie Bartling (D, Dist 21) are the prime sponsors. This is a hoghouse vehicle bill.

SB 147 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Expand Medicaid.

Sen Bernie Hunhoff (D, Dist 18) and Rep Spencer Hawley (D, Dist 7) are the prime sponsors. This is listed as a hoghouse vehicle bill. But it does actually have the following content:

FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to expand Medicaid.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That chapter 28-6 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:
    The department shall expand the medical services program provided for in § 28-6-1 in accordance with the provisions of Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act, as amended to July 1, 2012, to include individuals with income up to one hundred thirty-three percent of the federal poverty level plus five percent for the applicable family size.
    This section is repealed in the event that the federal Title XIX federal medical assistance percentage for this expanded income group is less than ninety percent.

SB 169 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Provide medical care for certain unborn children.

Sen Bernie Hunhoff (D, Dist 18) and Rep Roger Hunt (R, Dist 25) are the prime sponsors. This bill was amended in Senate Health and then passed 4-1. The amendment took away the words “unless the abortion is necessitated by a medical emergency as defined in subdivision” where the act forbids this program to be used for abortion. The bill was then refereed to Senate Appropriations.

SB 176 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Provide for the development of online resources and a rubric of textbook analysis for use in school districts, and to make an appropriation therefor.

Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) and Rep Jacqueline Sly (R, Dist 33) are the prime sponsors. This would appropriate $500,000 “to the Department of Education for the purpose of providing for the development of online resources and a rubric of textbook analysis that meets South Dakota content standards, both of which shall be made available for use in school districts at no cost.” Wow, is this really where money for education should be going?

SB 181 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Enhance higher education affordability and to make an appropriation therefor.

Sen Larry Tidemann (R, Dist 7) and Rep Scott Munsterman (R, Dist 7) are the prime sponsors. This would appropriate:

  • $3,199,548 to the Board of Regents to freeze tuition charged to South Dakota residents enrolling in state-supported courses.
  • $735,896 to the Department of Education to be distributed to the postsecondary technical institutes to reduce the tuition charged to South Dakota residents enrolling in state-supported courses.

SB 193 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Provide for an annual evaluation of economic development incentives.

The Committee on Taxation is the source of this bill. I really don’t like this bill. Economic development done by the state is just the executive branch picking winners and losers in the market.  I have a feeling this bill would be used to further the executives branches reach into the market.

BILLS FOR POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH HAVE HAD PRIOR HEARING.

SB 4 – SoDakLiberty PostsMake an appropriation for research concerning the administrative and financial impact of actual use on agricultural land assessments and to declare an emergency.

Sen Jim Peterson (D, Dist 4) and Rep Justin Cronin (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors of this bill at the request of the Agricultural Land Assessment Implementation and Oversight Advisory Task Force. It was originally assigned to Senate Ag, and then referred to Appropriations. This would appropriate $151,000 for SDSU Department of Economics to research the assessment and taxation of agricultural land based on actual use. The money appropriated would have to be used by June 30, 2016. This should be an interesting one to listen to. There are quite a few people who would like to change how ag land is assessed and taxed.

SB 50 – SoDakLiberty PostsAuthorize the South Dakota Building Authority to provide for the construction, reconstruction, renovation, and modernization of state park facilities and infrastructure at Custer State Park for the Department of Game, Fish and Parks, to make an appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency.

This bill originates from the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. This appropriates $11,500,000 for the Custer project.

SB 51 – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal the contingency funds available for unanticipated costs related to medical services and to declare an emergency.

The SD Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) asked for this bill. This was in the governor’s budget address. ACA has made this contingency fund unnecessary.

SB 52 – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal certain provisions regarding investment income that is transferred to the general fund and to declare an emergency.

The SD Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) asked for this bill. I’ll have to listen to the hearing to better understand why this fund transfer is being repealed.

SB 53 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding the state aid to general education formula and to revise the property tax levies for the general fund of school districts.

This bill was originally assigned to the Senate State Affairs committee, but was then moved referred to Senate Appropriations. The SD Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) asked for this bill.  I won’t go into detail on this one. But most notably this bill would change the “per student allocation” to $4876.76 for 2016, that is up from $4781.14 in 2015.

SB 54 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding the state aid to special education formula and to revise the property tax levies for special education.

A BFM bill to go along with SB 53. This one is for the special education formula. It looks similar to the percentages increased in SB 53.

SB 144 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Establish a tuition reimbursement program for certain teachers who teach in rural school districts.

Sen Billie Sutton (D, Dist 21) and Rep Paula Hawks (D, Dist 9) are the prime sponsors. This is an act to do just what the title says. A big provision of this is the teacher has to stay at the rural school for five years.

SB 146 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Authorize funding for an honor guard detail for deceased veterans and to make an appropriation therefor.

Sen Jim Peterson (D, Dist 4) and Rep Spencer Hawley (D, Dist 7) are the prime sponsors. The appropriation part of this bill appropriates $35,000 to the Department of Veterans Affairs to reimburse a veterans organization to furnish a honor guard detail at the funeral of deceased veterans.

SB 157 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Make an appropriation to the state aeronautics fund.

Sen Brock Greenfield  (R, Dist 2) and Rep Al Novstrup (R, Dist 3) are the prime sponsors. This appropriates $3,033,581 to be used for airport improvements.

SB 163 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Make an appropriation to fund the Teach for America grant program.

Sen Bruce Rampelberg (R, Dist 30) and Rep Elizabeth May (R, Dist 27) are the prime sponsors. This provides funding for the Teach for America grant program for four years. It appropriates $500,000.

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