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Some bills killed in committees that I missed

February 23, 2015
Deferred to the 41st legislative day.

Deferred to the 41st legislative day.

For the last couple of weeks I’ve posted the bills that have failed to pass committees in either chamber. Due to a bug in the application I made there are a few bills that were missed. I have found and (hopefully) fixed the bug. The missed bills all come from House Commerce and House State Affairs.

Here are the bills that were missed:

House Commerce & Energy Committee

HB 1174 -Tabled – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal certain outdated and obsolete provisions related to trade regulation of petroleum products.

Below are my notes about the bill prior to its committee hearing:

The SD Office of the Governor asked for this bill. This repeals a statute that basically appears to say you can’t have a sign for gas or lubrication if those are not actually sold at that location. It looks like a good piece of code to get off the books.

HB 1202 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding renewable, recycled, and conserved energy sources.

This bill would have extended the following code to 2020: “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.”

HB 1232 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for a determination of the value of small power production facilities.

I never did research or listen to testimony on this one. Too many bills to keep up with!

House State Affairs Committee

HB 1108 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsAuthorize concealed carry of a pistol or revolver without a permit to carry a concealed pistol.

I believe this one was deferred so attention could be placed upon a similar bill, HB 1116 (SoDakLiberty Posts).

HB 1158 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsRequire that a victim’s opposition to the death penalty be presented at a presentence hearing.

This was the one death penalty bill brought forth by Rep Steve Hickey (R, Dist 9) that I hoped would make it to the floor. It only appeared ensure that a victim’s family can let it be known at the presentence hearing that they wish to spare the life of the person being sentenced. It does not actually prevent the death penalty from being sentenced.

HB 1159 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsPermit South Dakotans to express opposition to the death penalty when applying for a state issued identification card.

Here is what I had to say about the bill before its hearing: “I personally am against the death penalty. But I am also opposed to this bill. The bill asks for another database to be created with people’s private information. More databases housing citizen data is not the answer to getting rid of the death penalty.”

HB 1175 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsProhibit legislation relating to initiated measures for one year after the measure is decided or enacted.

Here is what I had to say about the bill before its hearing: “This is a bill I would like to support… but I can’t. Bad laws can be (and often are) passed in the legislature. And bad laws can be passed by initiated measure. It is possible nobody would foresee a potentially harmful unintended consequence of an initiated measure until it is set to take effect. If that were to happen the state would have to wait an entire year before actually doing anything about it. And honestly, this law would not stop a super-majority party in Pierre from changing or repealing an initiated measure anyhow. If the legislature was bound by this statute and really wanted to overturn an IM, theoretically they could repeal this statute at the beginning of session with an emergency clause, then proceed to repeal or change the IM they feel must be dealt with. Yes, it probably is wrong for the legislature to mess with an IM the year immediately after being passed. But legislators are not the only ones who can create laws with potentially harmful unintended consequences.”

HB 1210 – Tabled – SoDakLiberty PostsProhibit certain meetings of a Legislative committee.

This was a simple bill that was DOA. Here is the entirety of the bill: “No legislative committee, or quorum thereof, may meet privately, including group texts and emails, to discuss, debate, or decide an item or bill on the committee’s upcoming agenda.”

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