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Bills on the SD House floor for Fri Feb 27

February 27, 2015
SD House floor. Photo by Ken Santema 02/14/15.

SD House floor. Photo by Ken Santema 02/14/15.

Here are the bills on the SD House floor for Friday, February 27, which begins at 1:00 PM central.

Since it is Friday and the legislators are looking to get home they probably won’t actually take up any of these bills. They might go through the consent calendar and commemorations though.


SB 5 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions concerning the assessment and taxation of real property.

SB 56 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide direction regarding the calculation of adjusted gross proceeds for the purpose of calculating the gaming tax.

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

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

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


SB 45 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions relating to the sale of unpasteurized raw milk.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill was amended in the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources committee and passed with a vote of 7-2. It passed the Senate floor 30-4. Then in House Ag is passed with no opposition. I was quite apprehensive about this bill before the Senate Ag hearing. Since that time I have listened to the committee hearing and studied the bill. There are some portions of the bill I think are maybe a little strict, but overall I think this is a great step forward compared to where the Dept of Ag was at two years ago. At this time I hope the bill is passed so the raw milk (and now raw cream) producers in SD can move forward.

SB 41 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions pertaining to commercial driver licensing.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill passed Senate Transportation 6-0, the Senate floor 30-4, finally House Transportation. I still haven’t listened to testimony on this bill. It changes quite a bit of code.

SB 94 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Establish a license fee for electric-powered motorcycles.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill passed Senate Transportation, the Senate Floor, and House Transportation with no opposition. I still want to test drive an electric-powered motorcycle.

SB 118 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Provide additional transparency for prescription drug plans.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill was substantially amended in Senate Commerce and passed that committee 7-0. It then went on to pass the Senate floor without opposition. Finally the bill passed House Health 12-1. A lot of this bill seems aimed at making sure certain parts of the rx drug plans have certain details.

SB 63 – SoDakLiberty PostsAdopt the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill passed Senate Health and Human Services 6-0. It was amended on the Senate floor with following section added:

No state general funds shall be used to support the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact enacted by this bill.

The bill then passed the Senate floor 24-10. It then passed House Health and Human Services 13-0. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has come out against this bill because it would potentially place bureaucratic burdens on physicians within South Dakota. Upon further research I hope there is more opposition to the bill in the House. One thing SD doctors do not need is another barrier between them and focusing on their patients issues.

SB 47 – SoDakLiberty PostsMake an appropriation from the coordinated natural resources conservation fund to the State Conservation Commission and to declare an emergency.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This passed through the Senate and House Appropriations with no opposition. This bill gives $500,000 to the State Conservation Commission.

SB 49 – SoDakLiberty PostsAuthorize the Department of Game, Fish and Parks to sell a portion of railway right-of-way to the City of Deadwood.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill passed through the Senate and House State Affairs with no opposition. This bill would allow the GFP to sell real property in Deadwood.

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.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill passed through the Senate without opposition. It passed House Judiciary 9-2. 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 48 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions pertaining to the operation of personal watercraft.

This bill passed the Senate Judiciary committee 6-1 and had no opposition on the Senate floor. This bill was slightly amended in House Judiciary and passed that committee 8-3.

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.

The amendment in House Judiciary dealt with the Sunset to sunrise language.

SB 89 – SoDakLiberty Posts –Require the development of school safety plans and to require the conduct of lockdown drills in accredited schools.

This bill passed through the Senate with no opposition. It was amended in the House Education committee to trim it down quite a bit. I still think this is an undue burden on school districts to require this plan. Here is part of what I said about the bill before:

This should be decided on a case by case basis at the local level. Emergency managers have to determine the risk and impact of any given scenario and from there decide if a full plan and drill are necessary. The legislature cannot decide that. Any time put into a plan such as this might take away from planning for more imminent emergencies. The plan described will take a lot of time and resources to create and practice.

The amendments did make the bill less burdensome on schools. The amendments removed all of the specifics that were required to be in the plan. An amendment also reduced requirements for the meetings. I think the amendments removed some of the fear that the plans would overwhelm school districts trying to comply with the proposed change. But overall I still think this type of decision and plan should be at the local level and not dictated.

SB 95 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise provisions related to human trafficking.

This bill passed Senate Judiciary 6-0 after being amended. It then passed the Senate floor without opposition. House Health and Human Services passed the bill 11-1. The biggest change here appears to be changing the definition from under age 16 to under 18 in human trafficking code.

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.

This bill passed Senate Local Government 5-0 and the Senate floor 30-3. House Local Government overwhelmingly supported the bill 12-0. 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?” The legislature is sure finding interesting ways to increase taxes and fees this year…


SC 23 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Commending the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 153rd Engineer Battalion, Huron, South Dakota, for being awarded the Major General Milton A. Reckord Trophy.

SC 24 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Commending and honoring the West Central High School Track and Cross Country Teams for their accomplishments.

SC 25 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Honoring Macy Miller of Mitchell, South Dakota, for an outstanding high school basketball career.

SC 26 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Commending and honoring Vern DeGeest on his retirement from teaching, coaching, and administrating after fifty-four years in South Dakota schools.

SC 27 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Congratulating Lindsey Smith for taking a “shot” and for being named the Class A Ms. Volleyball for 2014 and for receiving an Under Armour All-American Volleyball Team Honorable Mention for the 2014-2015 year.

SC 28 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Honoring Dr. Jerome Bentz of Platte as the 2015 Family Doctor of the Year.

SC 29 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Honoring Kendra Peterson of Sisseton as 2015 Miss Rodeo South Dakota.

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