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House Local Government committee has 5 bills on Thurs Feb 26

February 25, 2015

ballot-womanOn Thursday, February 26th, at 10:00 AM the SD House Local Government committee will take on 5 bills.

SB 78 SoDakLiberty PostsAuthorize counties or medical providers to recover inmate healthcare costs from third party insurers.

Sen Corey Brown (R, Dist 23) and Rep Dan Dryden (R, Dist 34) are the prime sponsors. This bill was amended in Senate Local Government and passed that committee and the Senate floor with no opposition. If I read this correctly, it allows county jails to have inmates use their own insurance if they have medical treatment while incarcerated. I would have thought it was already that way. This could potentially be a way for county jails to reduce their expenses.

SB 81 – SoDakLiberty PostsRequire persons convicted of driving a vehicle while under influence of alcohol, drugs, or intoxicants to pay certain costs to the county.

Sen David Omdahl (R, Dist 11) and Rep Don Haggar are the prime sponsors. This passed Senate Local Government 5-0 and the Senate floor 30-3. Here is what I previously said about the bill: “This would add an additional fifty dollar penalty for driving under the influence cases. This money would go to the clerk of courts and given to the county treasurer for use in the counties general fund. Finally, if the fifty dollar fee isn’t paid, it is “punishable by contempt proceedings”. Is this a new way for counties to raise revenues?”

SB 87 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the circumstances creating a vacancy in municipal office.

Sen Terri Haverly (R, Dist 35) and Rep John Wiik (R, Dist 4) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed Senate Local Government and the Senate floor without opposition. This bill seems to replacing the language for more concise terms. It doesn’t actually seem to create any new circumstances that would create a vacancy.

SB 88 – SoDakLiberty Posts –Authorize emergency appointments to the municipal election board.

Sen Terri Haverly (R, Dist 35) and Rep Fred Deutsch (R, Dist 4) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed Senate Local Government and the Senate floor without opposition. This seems to do exactly what the title states.

SB 111 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Repeal the provision that invalidates absentee ballots cast by voters who died before the date of the election.

This bill passed Senate Local Government 5-1 and the Senate floor 34-0. Here is what I said about the bill before, and stick with: “I don’t really see the purpose of this bill. Election day is election day. I already think SD over-uses early voting. I don’t see a problem with the current law that states if you are not alive on election day that your vote won’t count.”

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