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Senate Local Government committee has 4 bills on Weds Feb 25

February 24, 2015

womanmoneyOn Wednesday, February 25th, at 7:45 AM the SD Senate Local Government committee will take on 4 bills.

HB 1090 – SoDakLiberty PostsProhibit a person from serving as a member of a consumers power district board of directors in certain cases.

Rep Steve Westra (R, Dist 13) and Sen Corey Brown (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors. This bill made it through House Commerce and Energy and the House floor with no opposition.  There is some language cleanup. But the main change is this sentence being added: “No person is qualified to serve as a member if the person’s service on the board would be inconsistent with the person’s employment or financial interest.”

HB 1106 – SoDakLiberty PostsEstablish the rights of municipal, county, or township officers in certain decision-making processes.

Rep Roger Hunt (R, Dist 25) and Sen Craig Tieszen (R, Dist 34) are the prime sponsors. This bill made it through House Local Government without opposition, and had only one no vote on the House floor. Part of this Act would allow public hearings to be conducted informally. It also ensures that elected or appointed officers do not have to recuse them-self in a quasi-judicial proceeding unless there is clear and convincing evident that the officer cannot act in a non-biased way.

HB 1135 – SoDakLiberty PostsExpand certain bonding provisions regarding local government officials and employees.

Rep David Anderson (R, Dist 16) and Sen Deb Peters (R, Dist 9) are the prime sponsors. The bill made it through the House with no opposition. This bill would allow the governing board of any political subdivision of this state to purchase “a blanket bond, blanket crime coverage, an insurance policy, or an individual bond” to cover everyone within that group. Technically that may be much cheaper than individual bonds. It also states the blanket must meet the required minimums to be used in place of the bonds required already.

HB 1150 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for the annual adjustment of the salary of legislators.

Rep Jim Bolin (R, Dist 16) and Sen David Novstrup (R, Dist 3) are the prime sponsors of this bill. This bill made it through Senate State Affairs without opposition. It passed the Senate floor by a vote of 48-19.  I would provide an automatic pay raise for legislators as is done for the constitutional officers and Supreme Court justices. I think this is actually a good idea. But part of me wonders if this should be referred to the voters, along with a pay raise.

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