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Senate Appropriations committee has 7 bills on Tues Feb 24

February 23, 2015

sacoOn Tuesday, February 24th, at 9:00 AM the SD Senate Appropriations committee will take on 7 bills.

*** This meeting is important. All Senate bills have to be moved on the floor for Crossover day on Wednesday. Three of these bills are Senate bills, so they must have action taken during this meeting.

HB 1050 – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal certain funds, to make revisions to receipts dedicated to the property tax reduction fund, and to create the general revenue replacement fund.

The SD Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) asked for this bill. This bill passed House Appropriations 8-0 and the House floor 58-11. This puts funds directly to the general fund that were in special purpose funds. It appears this might be a way for the executive branch to get around using money the way they are supposed to.

HB 1060 – SoDakLiberty PostsMake an appropriation to reimburse certain family physicians, dentists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who have complied with the requirements of the recruitment assistance program and to declare an emergency.

The Department of Health (DOH) asked for this bill. It passed through the House with no opposition. This one appropriates $381,766. for individuals found to have met the requirements of the program.

HB 1188 – SoDakLiberty PostsMake an appropriation to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to develop a hydrologic model of the lower Big Sioux River Basin in southeast South Dakota and to declare an emergency.

The SD Office of the Governor asked for this bill. This originally appropriated $500,000 for this project, but was amended down to $1 in House Appropriations, where it passed 9-0. It went on to pass the House floor 53-14.

HB 1189 – SoDakLiberty PostsMake an appropriation to fund tax refunds for elderly persons and persons with a disability and to declare an emergency.

The SD Office of the Governor asked for this bill. This would appropriate $450,000 for the elderly and disabled persons tax refund program. It made it through the House with no opposition.


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 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 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 an honor guard detail at the funeral of deceased veterans.

  1. Anonymous
    February 23, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    SB 146. Maybe we should spend this money on the living veterans instead. This honoring the dead is just bullshit. They’re dead! It’s the insanity of humanity. WE just want to feel good about it. It does nothing for the dead. The money is spent on nothing more than feelings of the living and most of them are not veterans anyway.

    I’m a veteran and when I’m dead I don’t want any money wasted on my account, GIVE IT TO THE LIVING were it might do some good.

  2. Anonymous
    February 23, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    That last post isn’t supposed to be Anonymous. Merlyn Schutterle, USN 5386258

  3. Anonymous
    February 23, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I see these posters saying, SUPPORT OUR VETERANS but they don’t want a tax increase to do just that, It’s all bullshit.Those are supported by the rich who probably never served in the service of our country at all, They were busy going to the university so they could figure out how to make more money while avoiding their responsibility to their country.

    Merlyn Schutterle, USN 5386258

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