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House Commerce and Energy committee has 5 bills on Fri Feb 20

February 20, 2015

1325432106On Friday, February 20th, at 10:00 AM the SD House Commerce and Energy committee will take on 5 bills.

** This meeting is important. Next Tuesday is the last opportunity for committees to get the bills from their chamber moved on to the floor. This committee does not have a scheduled committee meeting until next Wednesday.

HB 1209 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions relating to changes in terms of credit card agreements.

Rep Kristin Conzet (R, Dist 32) and Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) Majority Leader are the prime sponsors. This repeals two sections of code and adds this new code:

    A credit card issuer may change the terms of any credit card agreement if such right of amendment has been reserved. A credit card issuer shall provide notice of such change, and the right to reject such change, in accordance with, and solely to the extent required by 12 C.F.R. 1026, in effect on January 1, 2015. No credit card issuer may make a change that is specifically prohibited by 12 C.F.R. 1026.

This appears to be a simplification of code. I’ll have to listen to testimony to make sure.

HB 1232 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for a determination of the value of small power production facilities.

Rep Paula Hawks (D, Dist 9) and Sen Brock Greenfield  (R, Dist 2) are the prime sponsors. This is a PUC bill. I’ll have to listen to testimony.

HB 1202 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding renewable, recycled, and conserved energy sources.

Rep Dean Schrempp (D, Dist 28A) and Sen Jason Frerichs (D, Dist 1) are the prime sponsors. § 49-34A-101 currently includes this line:

There is hereby established a state renewable, recycled, and conserved energy objective that ten percent of all electricity sold at retail within the state by the year 2015 be obtained from renewable, recycled, and conserved energy sources.

This bill would extend that provision to 2020.

BILLS FOR POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH HAVE HAD PRIOR HEARING.

HB 1157 – SoDakLiberty PostsClarify and provide consistency in cemetery regulations and to establish an administrative fine for failure to file required reports.

Rep Al Novstrup (R, Dist 3) and Sen Ried Holien (R, Dist 5) are the prime sponsors. This bill was in committee on Feb 4. Here are my notes prior to that meeting:

Some of this appears to be language cleanup. But notably it does add a section allowing the Secretary of State to fine a cemetery organization fifty dollars per day if a report is not filed on time.

The bill heavily amended during that hearing. Among other things, the amendment changed the fine from fifty dollars down to twenty-five dollars. The bill then failed to pass with a vote of 6-7. It was then deferred.

HB 1168 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise alcoholic beverage licensing relating to hotel facility on-sale licenses.

Rep Steve Westra (R, Dist 13) and Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) are the prime sponsors. This is a hoghouse vehicle bill that has been filled with actual code now. Here is the current state of the bill:

FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to revise alcoholic beverage licensing.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That chapter 35-4 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:

Notwithstanding the provisions of § 35-4-11.1, a first class municipality may issue a hotel facility on-sale license to any hotel licensed under § 34-18-9 that has at least eighty rooms that are rented to transient guests for sleeping accommodations. The initial fee for the license is ten thousand dollars and the annual renewal fee is one thousand dollars. A hotel facility on-sale license may not be transferred to a different location.

I’ll have to listen to this one in order to find out the reason for it.

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