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Bills killed on the House and Senate floors during SD legislative week eight

March 8, 2015
Art within the SD State Capital building. Photo by Ken Santema 02/25/15.

Art within the SD State Capital building. Photo by Ken Santema 02/25/15.

With week eight of the SD legislative session completed it is time to update my list of 2015 SD legislative bills. My post looking at the bills that died in the first six weeks can be read here. The post looking at bills killed during legislative week seven can be read here.

There really weren’t a lot of bills killed on the floor. Of course bills on the floor during legislative week eight had already made it through the other house. Debatably SB 189 (SoDakLiberty Posts), using certain tax breaks to fund private scholarships, could be included in this list; but since there is a motion to reconsider I will count it as still alive.

HB 1103 – Defeated on Senate floor – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions relating to comparative negligence.

This bill passed House Judiciary 10-3 and the House floor 54-13. It had a wording amendment done in Senate Commerce and passed 4-3. Finally it failed on the Senate floor by a vote of 9-25. I never understood this bill, so I can’t say if it is good bad that it failed…

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

This was a bad bill! This bill passed through the Senate with no opposition. It was amended in the House Education committee to trim it down quite a bit. It then failed on the House floor 30-37. This would have imposed more mandates for administrative staff in school districts to comply with. If local school districts decide such a plan is warranted they can do that without a mandate from the SD legislature. If this had passed it would have imposed more costs upon schools that have nothing to do with education.

SB 111 – Defeated on House floor – SoDakLiberty Posts – Repeal the provision that invalidates absentee ballots cast by voters who died before the date of the election.

This bill passed Senate Local Government 5-1 and the Senate floor 34-0. The bill failed a Do Pass motion by a vote of 6-6 in House Local Government. After being deferred the bill passed House Local Government 7-5. Finally, it failed on the House floor by a vote of 30-38. Here is what I said about the bill before, and stick with: “I don’t really see the purpose of this bill. Election day is election day. I already think SD over-uses early voting. I don’t see a problem with the current law that states if you are not alive on election day that your vote won’t count.”

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