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Bills killed by committees during SD legislative week seven

March 1, 2015
SD State capital. Photo by Ken Santema 02/11/15.

SD State capital. Photo by Ken Santema 02/11/15.

Here are the bills that have been killed by the committees during week seven of the SD legislative session. Week seven also happened to be crossover week. That means Tuesday of week seven was the last day bills could be passed on to the floor from their chamber of origin. From Weds on all bills taken up by committees come from the other chamber.

House Local Government

HB 1211 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal the requirement for a marriage license and to provide for a marriage certificate.

This bill was amended in House Local Government; then the amendment was amended. This is a bill I would have liked to see go further. It seemed to be getting at least some government involvement out of marriage. Removing government from marriage altogether would allow for true marriage equality. But the bill was killed in committee 8-5.

HB 1197 – Tabled – SoDakLiberty PostsAccommodate legislation for community improvement districts.

This was a hoghouse vehicle bill with no actual content. It was tabled in committee unanimously.

House State Affairs

HB 1220 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for the free exercise of religion and to declare an emergency.

I’m huge on rights and keeping state out of the business of people’s rights. But I really didn’t see a need for this bill in South Dakota at this time. As I read the bill again I can see that it may have caused more legal ambiguities than actually help anything. I apparently am not the only one to think so. It was killed in committee 10-3.

HB 1226 – Tabled – SoDakLiberty PostsAccommodate legislation for education.

This is a hoghouse vehicle bill that wasn’t needed.

HB 1131 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain taxes and fees to fund improvements to public roads and bridges in South Dakota.

This was the massive set of tax and fee increases asked for by Governor Daugaard to fund infrastructure. This bill was heavily amended. The Senate version of this bill (SB 1 – SoDakLiberty Posts) was hoghoused to mostly mirror this bill. Since SB1 had already made it through one chamber the House State Affairs committee killed this bill. Personally I’m happy there are no longer two versions of the bill to follow.

Senate Appropriations

SB 146 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty Posts – Authorize funding for an honor guard detail for deceased veterans and to make an appropriation therefor.

The appropriation part of this bill appropriates $35,000 to the Department of Veterans Affairs to reimburse a veterans organization to furnish an honor guard detail at the funeral of deceased veterans. I think this was probably best sent to the 41st day (and I say that as a Veteran). I just don’t see this as a big priority for the state.

Senate Judiciary

HB 1116 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal and revise certain provisions relating to the requirements for a permit to carry a concealed pistol.

This bill passed House State Affairs 7-5 (after failing once 6-5) and the House floor 44-23. This is a true constitutional carry bill. Primarily this removes the penalty for concealed carry without a permit. It really wasn’t surprising this bill failed. There are certain gun groups that dramatically overdid their pressure upon legislators. When lobbying legislators it does not work to excerpt too much pressure, especially when it is repeated pressure of calls and emails from the same people over and over and over and over and over and over… etc…. It was killed in the Senate Judiciary committee 5-1.

HB 1096 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain procedures for issuing a permit to carry a concealed pistol.

This bill passed House State Affairs 10-2 and the House floor 52-15. This bill revises a few areas of permit law. This bill would allow the concealed carry permit to meet certain requirements that would make purchasing guns go quicker and easier. This includes certain changes to background checks. I fully believe this bill would have passed fairly easily if certain gun lobbying groups hadn’t overdone their efforts. It died in committee 6-1.

HB 1129 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the property exempt from process in bankruptcy cases.

This bill was amened in House Judiciary and passed that committee 12-0. It then passed the House floor 40-27. This bill adds motor vehicles used for normal activity valued at less than $5,000 to the list of exempt property. It specifically says recreation vehicles like ATV’s and jet-skis don’t count. The bill originally included the earned income tax credit (EITC) of a federal tax refund as also protected. The EITC provision was amended out in committee. Senate Judiciary killed the bill 4-3. I fully expect to see this bill in some form again next year.

Senate Local Government

HB 1150 – Deferred to the 41st legislative day – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for the annual adjustment of the salary of legislators.

This bill made it through Senate State Affairs without opposition. It passed the Senate floor by a vote of 48-19.  It 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. Senate Local Government killed the bill 5-2.

Senate State Affairs

HB 1149 – Tabled – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding the setting of the salary of legislators.

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 had passed. This is a companion to HB 1150, which was killed by Senate Local Government. Senate State Affairs tabled this bill 9-0. I really think if the legislators want these bills to go through without public backlash they should be referred to the voters.

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