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Bills on the SD Senate floor for Fri Mar 6

March 6, 2015
SD Senate Floor. Photo by Ken Santema 02/10/15.

SD Senate Floor. Photo by Ken Santema 02/10/15.

Here are the bills on the SD Senate floor for Friday, March 6, which begins at 1:00 PM central.

It is Friday and legislators are looking to go home for the week; so the Senate will likely spend very little time going through bills. After today, there are only two more days to get all of the bills passed in the Second house. That means all of these bills must be passed (or killed) on Monday or Tuesday of next week.

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

SB 168 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Establish a task force to study elder abuse in South Dakota.

Consideration of House Amendment

This bill was amended in Senate Retirement Laws to change the task force from being 11 members to 15 members. It also had an auto-repeal section added for Dec 31, 2016. The amended bill passed the committee 5-0. The makeup of the committee was then amended on the Senate floor. The funding for this task force was also changed on the Senate floor; funding went from $21,000 to $15,000. After being amended the bill passed the Senate floor without opposition.

In House State Affairs the bill was further amended to bring the task force up to 17. The new additional members would be from the banking industry. The amended bill passed House State Affairs and the House floor without opposition.

The Senate must now choose whether to concur with that amendment made in the House.

CONSIDERATION OF EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENT

Appointment of:
Kelly Hepler        Secretary of the Department of Game, Fish, and Parks

CONSIDERATION OF CONSENT EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS

Reappointment of:
Steven Pirner        Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Trevor Jones         Secretary of the Department of Public Safety
Dennis Kaemingk    Secretary of the Department of Corrections

SECOND READING OF CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS

HB 1118 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for oversight of postsecondary technical institutes.

HB 1143 – SoDakLiberty PostsIncrease the criminal violations that are subject to protection orders.

HB 1107 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the definition of certain alcoholic beverages that are classified as cider.

HB 1209 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions relating to changes in terms of credit card agreements.

HB 1235 – SoDakLiberty PostsUpdate the valuation manual related to the valuation of assets, liabilities, and reserves.

SECOND READING OF HOUSE BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS

HJR 1002 – SoDakLiberty PostsMaking a formal application to the President of the United States, that the President grant a presidential pardon to Peter L. Larson.

This passed out of House State Affairs with no opposition and the House floor 67-2. Senate Judiciary passed it 7-0. There are many who believe the charges against Larson were politically motivated. This seems like a good resolution to me.

HB 1215 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for an optional enhanced permit to carry a concealed pistol.

This enhanced permit to carry a concealed pistol that would be recognized by many other states for reciprocity. This bill was amended in House State Affairs. Part of the amendment provides that half of the hundred-dollar fee for this permit goes to the local sheriffs department and the other half goes to the Secretary of States office. It was also slightly amended on the House floor. There weren’t any No votes to this bill in the House. It passed Senate Judiciary 7-0. There is no reason to believe there will be opposition on the Senate floor. It doesn’t change the current requirements for a standard concealed carry permit. It just adds a new type of permit that meets greater requirements.

HB 1225 – SoDakLiberty PostsProhibit the unauthorized commercial use of a personality’s right of publicity and provide a civil remedy therefor.

This bill had a major amendment changing wording around in House Judiciary and passed that committee 12-0. I had apprehensions about this bill due to its ties to the MPAA. However the amended version of the bill doesn’t seem to raise any red flags for me. And it does seem to protect a persons likeness from being used commercially without permission in SD. It is an interesting bill for sure. The bill passed the House floor 66-2. It barely made it through Senate Judiciary with a vote of 4-3.

HB 1190 – SoDakLiberty PostsMake an appropriation for community-based provider workforce improvement and to declare an emergency.

* Deferred from yesterday!

The Office of the Governor asked for this bill. Here is what the bill originally appropriated before House Appropriations amended the amounts down to a dollar:

  • $2,926,732 from the general fund and $1,863,190 in federal funds to the Department of Social Services for the purpose described in section 1 of this Act.
  • $1,041,240 from the general fund and $1,041,411 in federal funds to the Department of Human Services for the purpose described in section 1 of this Act.
  • $157,028 from the general fund and $79,791 in federal funds to the Department of Corrections for the purpose described in section 1 of this Act.

The bill passed House Appropriations 8-0 and the House floor 65-4. It was then amended in Senate Appropriations from $1 to $2 and passed that committee 9-0.

HB 1191 – SoDakLiberty PostsMake an appropriation for the Jobs for America’s Graduates program and to declare an emergency.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This was amended in House Appropriations to change the appropriated amount down to $1, from $925,000. It then passed House appropriations 9-0 and the House floor 62-5 (after having a slight wording amendment). Senate Appropriations then amended the amount up to 250,000 and passed through that committee 9-0.

HB 1147 – SoDakLiberty PostsIncrease the amounts of the annual awards given to recipients of the South Dakota opportunity scholarship.

* Deferred from yesterday!

The bill passed House Appropriations 9-0, the House floor 65-3, and Senate Appropriations 8-1. This would add three hundred dollars for years one, two, and three students. Six hundred is added for fourth year students, or only three hundred if they did their previous years outside SD. This bill would also change the total amount of scholarship money from $5,000 to $6,500. I think scholarships are great. But even this little bit of money could probably be better used in other areas.

HB 1020 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise the mailing fees for noncommercial vehicle plates and decals.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill was slightly amended in House Transportation. It then passed that committee 13-0, the House floor 66-1, and senate Taxation 5-1. This bill seems to clarify the mailing fees associated with license plates and stickers. The rewording of the language has me thinking this is at the request of the Counties. It ensures the money goes into county treasuries when the county pays the postage.

HB 1169 – SoDakLiberty PostsAccommodate legislation on medical services.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This is a hoghouse vehicle bill. It is just sad the House and now Senate State Affairs passed a bill with no legislation… 11 people on the House floor voted no to it. That means whatever is filled into this bill will do so without public testimony.

HB 1170 – SoDakLiberty PostsAccommodate legislation relating to education in South Dakota.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This is a hoghouse vehicle bill. It is just sad the House and now Senate State Affairs passed a bill with no legislation… 11 people on the House floor voted no to it. That means whatever is filled into this bill will do so without public testimony

HB 1171 – SoDakLiberty PostsEnhance South Dakota.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This is a hoghouse vehicle bill. It is just sad the House and now Senate State Affairs passed a bill with no legislation… 15 people on the House floor voted no to it. That means whatever is filled into this bill will do so without public testimony

HB 1049 – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal certain provisions regarding reversions of appropriations for a repealed tax refund program.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This is a cleanup bill that met no resistance in the House or in Senate Appropriations.

HB 1047 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain reversion provisions relating to the General Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2013.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill passed House Appropriations 8-0 where it was amended to fix the title. It passed the House floor 65-3 and Senate Appropriations 9-0. This bill would carry over funding used for the South Dakota Public Safety Improvement Act, which was passed into law in 2013 (SB 70). This bill doesn’t allow more funding, it just carries the originally approved funding another year.

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