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House State Affairs committee has 4 bills on Tues Feb 24

February 23, 2015

Anonymous-praying-handsOn Tuesday, February 24th, at 7:45 AM the SD House State Affairs committee will take on 4 bills.

*** This meeting is important. All House bills have to be moved on the floor for Crossover day on Wednesday. Normally this committee wouldn’t meet on a Tuesday. But the bills below have to be taken care of.

HB 1218 – SoDakLiberty PostsAccommodate legislation relating to education in South Dakota.

This is a hoghouse vehicle bill sponsored by Rep Julie Bartling (D, Dist 21) and Sen Billie Sutton (D, Dist 21). The odd thing about this hoghouse vehicle is that it was originally assigned to House Ed and then referred to House State Affairs.

HB 1226 – SoDakLiberty PostsAccommodate legislation for education.

This is a hoghouse vehicle bill sponsored by Rep Elizabeth May (R, Dist 27) and Sen Brock Greenfield  (R, Dist 2). This bill was also assigned to House Ed and then referred to House State Affairs.

BILLS FOR POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH HAVE HAD PRIOR HEARING.

HB 1220 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for the free exercise of religion and to declare an emergency.

Rep Scott Craig (R, Dist 33) and Sen Brock Greenfield  (R, Dist 2) are the prime sponsors. I’m huge on rights and keeping state out of the business of people’s rights. But I really don’t see a need for this bill in South Dakota at this time. As I read the bill again I can see that it may cause more legal ambiguities than actually help anything.

HB 1131 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain taxes and fees to fund improvements to public roads and bridges in South Dakota.

This is the massive set of tax and fee increases asked for by Governor Daugaard to fund infrastructure. This bill has had eight amendments so far. I have been holding off on commenting on this bill and the Senate version (SB 1 – SoDakLiberty Posts) until I have the time to truly research the bills and look at other areas of appropriations that money can be taken from instead. So far I haven’t had that time. The two transportation bills are definitely worth keeping an eye on.

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