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House Judiciary committee has 5 bills on Weds Feb 25

February 24, 2015

johnny-automatic-fishing-boatOn Wednesday, February 25th, at 10:00 AM the SD House Judiciary committee will take on 5 bills.

SB 17 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the definition of motor vehicles that are subject to the lemon law.

This bill was requested by the SD Office of the Attorney General. This bill was slightly amended in Senate Transportation and then went to pass through the Senate with no opposition. Currently a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle wight rating of ten thousand pounds or more does not fall under the term “motor vehicle” in this section of law. This bill would change that to fifteen thousand pounds.

SB 29 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Establish provisions for auxiliary members to serve on the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

The Department of Corrections asked for this bill. This bill passed through the Senate with no opposition. No real thoughts on this one.

SB 37 – SoDakLiberty PostsAdopt the 2008 Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, to repeal the 1996 Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, and to revise certain provisions relating thereto.

The SD Department of Social Services (DSS) requested this bill. It passed through the Senate without opposition. Here are my previous notes on the bill:

The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) is meant, at least in part, to deal with child support orders when multiple states are involved. Honestly, it doesn’t matter if anyone reads the bill or what is in it. It will pass and our state will have to follow the rules in the act. Too bad, I believe every piece of legislation deserves to truly be scrutinized. Below is a passage from the Uniform Law Commission, I have highlighted the sentence explaining why the SD Legislature will pass this bill no matter what is in it:

The 2008 UIFSA Amendments modify the current version of UIFSA’s international provisions to comport with the obligations of the United States under the 2007 Hague Convention on Maintenance. 2014 federal legislation requires all states to enact the 2008 UIFSA Amendments as a condition of continuing to receive federal funds for state child support programs. Failure to enact these amendments during the 2015 legislative session may result in a state’s loss of important federal funding.

SB 38 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions concerning the state communications system and the South Dakota law enforcement telecommunications system.

This bill comes from the SD Department of Public Safety (DPS). This bill passed the Senate without opposition. This is another bill I can’t quite remember the testimony one, but I don’t seem to recall any red flags.

SB 48 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions pertaining to the operation of personal watercraft.

The SD Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) asked for this bill. This bill passed the Senate Judiciary committee 6-1 and had no opposition on the Senate floor. This bill makes three slight revisions to the use of a watercraft: The two big ones are:

  • The provision for a flotation device changed from “type I, type II, type III, or type V” to wearable.
  • Currently lights on a boat are needed from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise. This would change it from sunset to sunrise.
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