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House Judiciary committee has 5 bills on Weds Mar 4

March 3, 2015

dvaOn Wednesday, March 4th, at 10:00 AM the SD House Judiciary committee will take on 5 bills.

SB 13 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Require certain persons convicted for human trafficking to register as sex offenders.

The Office of the Attorney General asked for this one. It passed Senate Judiciary and the Senate floor with no opposition. This bill adds two types of crimes to those that require registering as a sex offender. These two are first degree human trafficking if the victim is a minor and second degree human trafficking involving the prostitution of a minor. This bill I wonder about, because either of these convictions seem to possibly fit under current types of crimes that already require registering as a sex offender.

SB 17 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the definition of motor vehicles that are subject to the lemon law.

This bill was requested by the SD Office of the Attorney General. This bill was slightly amended in Senate Transportation and then went to pass through the Senate with no opposition. Currently a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle wight rating of ten thousand pounds or more does not fall under the term “motor vehicle” in this section of law. This bill would change that to fifteen thousand pounds.

SB 108 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions relating to aggravated DUI’s.

Sen Craig Tieszen (R, Dist 34) and Rep Brian Gosch (R, Dist 32) are the prime sponsors. This passed Senate Judiciary 6-0 and the Senate floor 32-1. Currently if a person is being convicted for a sixth offense (or more), with at least five of them in the last 25 years, then the person wis in violation of an aggravated offense and guilty of a Class 4 felony. This bill would add the stipulation that at least two of the prior convictions must be in the last ten years. There also seems to be some wording cleanup.

SB 154 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Require that certain employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs be veterans.

Sen Jason Frerichs (D, Dist 1) and Rep Larry Zikmund (R, Dist 14) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed the Senate with no opposition. This bill would require the “state veterans service officer or state fieldmen veterans service officer shall be a veteran who has served in the armed forces of the United States and is a citizen of the United States”. It then says all other employees of the Dept of VA shall be veterans if available. I can understand giving preference to veterans for these jobs. But I really can’t see a provision that says a veteran must fill these positions. That just isn’t good policy.

SB 186 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise the procedure for the execution of a warrant.

Sen Arthur Rusch (R, Dist 17) and Rep Kyle Schoenfish (R, Dist 19) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed Senate Judiciary 6-0 after being amended. The amendment took out the new language that was to be added by the bill. Now the bill appears to clarify the words used in the law. The bill passed the Senate floor 32-0. I’ll have to listen to this bill to refresh my memory about what it actually does.

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