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Senate State Affairs committee has 6 bills on Weds Feb 25

February 24, 2015

cybergedeon-green-house-netalloy.On Wednesday, February 25th, at 10:00 AM the SD Senate State Affairs committee will take on 6 bills.

HJR 1003 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election an amendment to Article XIV of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to the authority of the Board of Regents.

Rep Mark Mickelson (R, Dist 13) and Rep Larry Zikmund (R, Dist 14) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed House State Affairs with no opposition, and had one no vote on the House floor. This resolution would put the four votechs directly under the control of the legislature, if it passes on the ballot. I think this is a good idea for many reasons, but I’m not sure it will work on the ballot.

HB 1145 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding the payment of salary and compensation to legislators.

Rep Brian Gosch (R, Dist 32) and Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) are the prime sponsors of this bill. This bill made it through House State Affairs without opposition and had one no vote on the House floor. Part of this bill appears to add “attending the inauguration of constitutional officers, or attending the Governor’s budget report” to times when legislators are on the clock and can get per diem. I don’t see a problem with that, it is part of their job to attend the Governors budget address (the constitutional officers inauguration   may be debatable though).

HB 1149 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding the setting 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 House State Affairs without opposition and passed the House floor 51-10. This would change the salary of the legislators from being $6,000 for every regular session to being at least $6,000 per every regular session. The only thing this bill does is add the “at least”. Which theoretically means the legislators can get paid more than $6,000 per session if this is passed. This is a companion to HB 1150, which would provide for an increase in salary each year. HB 1150 is before Senate Local Government.

HB 1125 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding the notice for meeting of public bodies.

Rep Burt Tulson (R, Dist 2) and Sen Ried Holien (R, Dist 5) are the prime sponsors. It went through the House without opposition. This provides some clarity for what is required for public notice of public bodies. Currently the law in question says the public notice with agenda must be posted “for at least an entire twenty-four hours before any meeting.” This bill would amend to language to say the public notice with agenda must be posted “for at least an entire, continuous twenty-four hours immediately preceding any meeting,”. The new language is much more concise and hard to misinterpret. It sounds like a good change to me.

HB 1029 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain requirements regarding high performance building design and construction standards for newly constructed or renovated state-owned buildings.

The Bureau of Administration submitted this bill. This bill was amended in House State affairs and passed that committee 12-1. It then passed the House floor 65-3. This bill changes some definitions in relations to high-performance green building standard, which the state uses for construction. It seems too long ago that I heard the testimony for this bill as amended, so I can’t really comment on it.

HB 1105 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for an affidavit creating a rebuttable presumption that a person is not an employee for purposes of workers’ compensation and to provide a penalty therefor.

Rep Spencer Hawley (D, Dist 7) and Sen Corey Brown (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors. It was amended in House Commerce and passed that committee 10-1. It was then amended on the House floor and passed there 65-4.  I still don’t quite understand this bill. I’ll have to listen to the new testimony on it in Senate State Affairs.

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