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Senate Local Government committee has 2 bill on Weds Mar 4

March 3, 2015
Firetrucks in the Brookings Independence Day Parade. Photo by Ken Santema 07/04/14.

Firetrucks in the Brookings Independence Day Parade. Photo by Ken Santema 07/04/14.

On Wednesday, March 4th, at 7:45 AM the SD Senate Local Government committee will take on 2 bills.

HB 1083 – SoDakLiberty PostsRequire reimbursement to certain entities for fire suppression and extinguishment costs.

Rep Dan Kaiser (R, Dist 3) and Sen Brock Greenfield  (R, Dist 2) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed House Judiciary 12-0 after being gutted and simplified. It was then slightly amended on the House floor and passed 56-11. The current bill is actually quite short. Here is the current version:

Each fire department may bill and collect the costs of fire fighting and suppression of a fire not covered by the wildland fire suppression statutes set forth in chapter 34-35.

This will allow rural fire departments to collect for fires that were set negligently. Apparently fire departments in incorporated towns have this right already.

BILLS FOR POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH HAVE HAD PRIOR HEARING.

HB 1194 – SoDakLiberty PostsSet a minimum size for a sign about zoning changes or conditional use permits.

Rep Herman Otten (R, Dist 6) and Sen Ried Holien (R, Dist 5) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed House Local Government 10-3 after an amendment. It then passed the House floor 53-16. I really can’t believe this bill is going this far. Currently local governments can choose whether to have these signs and the requirements for them. Now the state wants to step in and say if a local government has these signs they have to meet certain requirements. This bill appears to be the state government overstepping its bounds.

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