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House State Affairs committee has 5 bills on Mon Mar 9

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.

On Monday, March 9th, at 7:45 AM the SD House State Affairs committee will take on 5 bills.

SB 1 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain taxes and fees to fund improvements to public roads and bridges in South Dakota.

This bill was amended six times in Senate State Affairs and passed that committee 9-0. The Senate floor further amended the bill and passed it 26-8.This is the massive infrastructure funding bill being carried by Sen Mike Vehle (R, Dist 20) and Rep Mary Duvall (R, Dist 24). The Governors version (HB 1131) was killed. Now that we are on week 8 and Appropriations are on the stage I will pay more attention to this massive set of tax and fee increases.

SB 140 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Accommodate legislation relating to education in South Dakota.

Sen Dan Lederman (R, Dist 16) and Rep Steve Westra (R, Dist 13) are the prime sponsors of this hoghouse vehicle bill. Senate State Affairs passed this bill 6-0 and Senate floor passed it 31-3. It’s just sad so many Senators were willing to pass a bill that had no legislation in it.

SB 141 – SoDakLiberty Posts –  Accommodate legislation on medical services.

Sen Dan Lederman (R, Dist 16) and Rep Steve Westra (R, Dist 13) are the prime sponsors of this hoghouse vehicle bill. Senate State Affairs passed this bill 9-0 and Senate floor passed it 32-2. It’s just sad so many Senators were willing to pass a bill that had no legislation in it.

I wonder if this is the bill that keeps getting hinted about relating to medicaid expansion in SD.

SB 142 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Enhance South Dakota.

Sen Dan Lederman (R, Dist 16) and Rep Steve Westra (R, Dist 13) are the prime sponsors of this hoghouse vehicle bill. Senate State Affairs passed this bill 9-0 and Senate floor passed it 30-4. It’s just sad so many Senators were willing to pass a bill that had no legislation in it.

SB 193 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Provide for an annual evaluation of state government agencies and require a report.

The Committee on Taxation is the source of this bill. This bill was hoghoused in Senate Appropriations. Originally it was focused upon economic development incentives. It passed Senate Appropriations 9-0. It was trimmed down slightly on Senate floor and passed 34-0. From reading the bill it appears to be a good idea. But I’ll have to listen to testimony, it might not do as much as those of us pushing for an open and accountable government would want.

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