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A brief look at the 17 concurrent resolutions before the SD legislature in 2015

March 18, 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.

A couple of weeks ago I noted the 36 Commemorations passed by the SD House and 29 Commemorations passed by the SD Senate during the 2015 legislative session. I thought it was time to look at how the Concurrent Resolutions fared this legislative session. There were 9 concurrent resolutions introduced in the House and 8 concurrent resolutions introduced in the Senate. Two of the House concurrent resolutions failed and none of the Senate concurrent resolutions failed.

A concurrent resolution has a little bit more importance than a commemoration. Here is the definition of a concurrent resolution from the Joint Rules manual:

A concurrent resolution expresses the opinion or a principle of the Legislature not having the force of law. A concurrent resolution shall only be used to authorize interim studies, joint rules, sessions or committees, to instruct a department of state government, or to petition federal agencies;

I would say a concurrent resolution is a way for the Legislature to communicate with another organization or body.

Here are all of the concurrent resolutions introduced this year and their final disposition. I’ve added a thought or two for each resolution. But I didn’t spend a lot of time looking at these, they really don’t have the same impact as bills do.

HCR 1001 SoDakLiberty Posts – Recognizing the difference between the taxes and fees levied by the State of South Dakota.

This is a concurrent resolution I actually did a whole post onRep Jim Bolin (R, Dist 16) and Sen Dan Lederman were the sponsors of this resolution. Apparently this resolution was brought forth because some politicians hate it when they get attacked for passing fee increases, that are then called tax increases by many of that follow what happens in Pierre. Plus, I think the true reason for passing this resolution was of the massive infrastructure tax hikes that were in the spotlight this legislative session. The resolution passed in the House 57-10 and in the Senate 24-11. My final thought on this resolution is that a tax and fee feel the same from a taxpayer perspective…

HCR 1002SoDakLiberty Posts – Supporting the continued operation of the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

Rep Fred Romkema (R, Dist 31) and Sen Bob Ewing (R, Dist 31) were the sponsors of this one. This one passed both chambers without opposition. This basically urges the federal congressional delegation, federal agencies, and state agencies involved with the hatchery to continue supporting it.

HCR 1003SoDakLiberty Posts – Urging Congress and the President of the Unites States to abolish the United States Department of Education.

Rep Jim Bolin (R, Dist 16) and Sen Betty Olson (R, Dist 28) were the prime sponsors of this bill. It passed through the House 48-20 and barely passed the Senate by a vote of 19-15. Actually this was the one part of the campaign from Senator Rounds that I agree with. Getting rid of the massive bureaucracy from the Federal Department of Education would allow those valuable tax dollars to actually be spent on education. I would think that anyone that actually cares about teachers and public education would want to get rid of this misguided bureaucracy. Sadly that will never happen. Never-mind the fact that education has not improved since the time the Department of Education was formed.

HCR 1004 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Addressed to the United States Supreme Court setting forth certain facts and expressly enumerating the grievances of the People of the State of South Dakota, through their elected representatives, with that Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), and its progeny and calling for that Court to now protect the intrinsic, natural, fundamental rights of the children of our State and nation and the intrinsic, natural, fundamental rights of their pregnant mothers in their relationship with their children, and the mothers’ health by reconsidering and overturning the court’s decision in Roe.

Rep Roger Hunt (R, Dist 25) and Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) are the prime sponsors. This passed through the House 60-10 and the Senate 25-9. This is a very, very, very, very, very, very, long resolution (did I say very?). Actually the resolution does go into some areas as to why Roe v. Wade should go before the Supreme Court again. Personally I don’t think the decision would go differently. But there were many problems with how the original case went and even those who agree with the decision should want SCOTUS to take it up again.

HCR 1005 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Urging Congress to propose the regulation freedom amendment to the United States Constitution.

Rep Jim Stalzer (R, Dist 11) and Sen Jenna Haggar (R, Dist 10) are the prime sponsors. This resolution passed through the House 56-14 and the Senate 25-8. This resolution asks for Congress to pass an amendment I actually agree with. Here is the actual wording to the regulation freedom amendment:

Whenever one quarter of the Members of the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate transmit to the President their written declaration of opposition to a proposed federal regulation, it shall require a majority vote of the House and Senate to adopt that regulation.

HCR 1006 – SoDakLiberty PostsTo request that a plan be developed for a state ethics commission.

Rep Peggy Gibson (D, Dist 22) and Sen Bernie Hunhoff (D, Dist 18) are the prime sponsors. Sadly this resolution failed on the House floor 16-53. I think restoring the state ethics commission would go a long way to restore people’s faith in how the state government operates. During testimony it was mentioned the previous state ethics commission was used as a political weapon against certain people. I think lessons learned from those days can be used to create a new commission that can be non-partisan. Sadly we won’t know. This was one more sign that those in power in Pierre don’t want anything to change.

HCR 1007 – SoDakLiberty PostsOpposing the EPA’s guidelines to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants in a manner that will cause economic harm.

Rep Don Haggar (R, Dist 10) and Sen Bruce Rampelberg (R, Dist 30) were the prime sponsors. It passed the House floor 60-9 and the Senate floor 32-0. I found it odd the Democrats on the House floor chose to oppose this bill. Right or wrong, SD is very reliant upon fuel-fired power at this time. Shutting down that power would have severe and drastic repercussions for the affordability of electricity to the people of South Dakota. I don’t think anyone disagrees that in the long-term coal and fossil-fuels have to go. But allowing the EPA to overstep its legal authority and force economic disaster upon the state is not an end to that means.

HCR 1008 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Urging Congress and the President to recognize tribal identification cards as a valid form of identification for all official purposes.

Rep Kevin Killer (D, Dist 27) and Sen Troy Heinert (D, Dist 26) are the prime sponsors. It passed the House 49-20 and the Senate 31-2. Basically this is asking Congress and the President to recognize tribal identification cards as REAL ID compliant. I don’t really like REAL ID, but I don’t see a problem with the tribes wanting to have their ID’s be recognized so they can get a state or federal issued ID.

HCR 1009 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Designating 2015 as the “Year of Remembrance for the Centennial Since the Commencement of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923” in South Dakota and urging Congress and the President of the United States to formally and consistently recognize and reaffirm the historical truth that the atrocities committed against the Armenian, Greek, and other Christians living in their historical homelands in Anatolia constituted genocide and to work towards equitable, stable, and durable Armenian-Turkish relations and a fair, just, and comprehensive international resolution of this crime against humanity.

Rep Steve Hickey (R, Dist 9) is the prime sponsor of this bill. Notice I didn’t mention a Senate prime sponsor. That is because Hickey failed to get a Senator to actually sign on as the prime sponsor. So Sen Jim Bradford (D, Dist 27) ended up being the Senate prime only because his name was first in the alphabetical listing. The resolution passed the House 51-17. It was then killed in the Senate by a table vote of 30-4. The lesson here is to make sure there is a Prime Sponsor in each chamber to get a resolution passed.

SCR 1 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Commending the improvements to health care in South Dakota achieved by the system of care established by the community-based Mission: Lifeline initiative.

Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) and Rep Jean Hunhoff (R, Dist 18) were the prime sponsors. This passed through both chambers without opposition. Just a nice commemoration for the volunteers of the Mission: Lifeline task force.

SCR 2 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Endorsing the thirty-first anniversary of sister state relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan), Taiwan’s inclusion in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Taiwan’s participation as an observer in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) and Rep Roger Hunt (R, Dist 25) are the prime sponsors. It passed the Senate 35-0 and the House 64-3. This is the only resolution I wish had not passed, and I feel some legislators will regret supporting some day. II have no problem with endorsing Taiwan. But I do have a problem with TPP. I wrote a post explaining why the SD Senate passed a bad resolution. Basically TPP is NOT a trade agreement. If passed it would allow a lot of regulation through this trade agreement. These regulations could not be stopped by US Congress or the SD legislature. Sadly our federal congressional delegation is pushing for TPP because it would benefit agricultural trade. I do agree portions of TPP would do that, but at what cost…

SCR 3 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Recognizing the mutual benefit between health care sharing and health savings accounts.

Sen Phil Jensen (R, Dist 33) and Rep Scott Craig (R, Dist 33) are the prime sponsors. It passed through the Senate 25-8 and the House 59-8. I really liked this resolution. It took aim at what I feel were among the worse changes to come from ACA.

SCR 4 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Urging Congress to support equity and sales tax fairness.

Sen Deb Peters (R, Dist 9) and Rep Justin Cronin (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors. It passed the Senate 34-0 and the House 64-5. This resolution pushes for the passing of the Marketplace Fairness Act; aka the Internet Sales Tax. I wrote about this act two years ago. I also noted that both SD Senators voted to pass the internet sales tax at that time. After I am recovered from the legislative session I have a series of posts I plan on doing about the MPA. Having worked with some Amazon sellers that are complying with a smaller version of this I have already noticed major problems. This was not a good concept for a conservative legislature to support.

SCR 5 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Supporting a stronger South Dakota-China relationship.

Sen Dan Lederman (R, Dist 16) and Rep Jim Bolin (R, Dist 16) are the prime sponsors. It passed through the Senate 28-4 and the House 57-11. I know some legislators opposed this bill because of the government of China. But I think building a relationship with China is a good thing. The best way to spread open markets with China is to build a good cultural relationship with them. Plus I was happy to see this resolution didn’t mention TPP.

SCR 6 – SoDakLiberty PostsTo direct the Department of Education to ensure South Dakota students are well-versed in civics and government.

Sen Deb Soholt (R, Dist 14) and Rep Jacqueline Sly (R, Dist 33) are the prime sponsors. It passed through both chambers with no opposition. This is a resolution I agree with. Had it been done through actual legislation I feel it would have been overstepping local control. But resolution basically says the state Dept of Ed should ensure SD students are taking a U.S. Government course that covers the contents of the U.S. Citizenship Civic’s Test. It is left vague enough that I don’t see it as an actual mandate on local school districts.

SCR 7 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Commending and recognizing the numerous contributions made by South Dakota’s social workers.

Sen Angie Buhl O’Donnell (D, Dist 15) and Rep Julie Bartling (D, Dist 21) are the prime sponsors. This passed through the Senate 35-0 and the House 66-2. I really didn’t pay attention to this one. I don’t see a problem with this resolution, but I wonder if some of the social conservatives that voted yes to this resolution actually read it…

SCR 8 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Condemning the growing anti-Semitism in certain countries and extending an invitation to Jewish families from around the world to South Dakota.

Sen Dan Lederman (R, Dist 16) and Rep Jim Bolin (R, Dist 16) are the prime sponsors. It passed through both chambers with no opposition. Another one I really didn’t pay attention to. But I see no problem with it.

  1. Steve Hickey
    March 19, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Sen Brock Greenfield was the Senate prime on HCR 1009. The reason is failed had nothing to do with your reason stated above.

    • March 19, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      I believe it may have other reasons. If I recall correctly Sen Brown or Sen Rave was the only one to speak on the bill and asked for it to be killed because it had nothing to do with the State of SD. A few of the Senators I spoke with about the resolution said there were groups such as the Turkey Institute for Progress and pressure from other governmental agencies to kill the resolution. But they also said there may have been a chance to pass the resolution if someone had actually fought for it on the Senate side. Personally I didn’t really care one way or another about this particular resolution. But if Greenfield was the Senate Prime, I wonder why nobody asked the LRC to correct their listing of the bills sponsors.

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