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Only one of three vetoes were overturned by the SD legislature

April 1, 2015 Comments off

On Monday, March 30, the SD legislature held the final day of the 2015 session. The whole purpose of this final day was to consider any gubernatorial vetoes. I’ve blogged about the three bills vetoed before (and a cliff note version here). SB 136 was the only bill of the three to have the veto overturned. SB 100 and SB 159 both had the veto sustained.

Here are the three bills that were considered for a veto override and how they ended up:

SD SenateSB 100 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Create a leased residential property classification.

Sen Deb Peters (R, Dist 9) and Rep Don Haggar (R, Dist 10) are the prime sponsors. Sen Peters pushed hard on the Senate floor to override the governor’s veto of SB 100. She framed it as a way to look at whether government is getting in the way of affordable housing. She also noted that SB 100 doesn’t actually change the tax rate for leased residential property in its current form. That would have to be a discussion for a future legislature once enough data was collected from this new classification. Most of the opposition to this bill seemed to stem from a belief that property tax savings would not be passed on to tenants, thus it wouldn’t do anything for affordable housing anyhow.

The Senate failed to override the governor’s veto. 24 yes votes were needed and the final roll call vote ended up 22-10. Personally I was happy to see this one fail. Yes this was being touted as a way to possibly decrease taxes on leased residential property. But other states have taken such moves and actually implemented systems that do the opposite. Plus, in order for this bill to work it would have required all of the landlords across the state to change the classification of their property just so the state could collect data. I find it quite unlikely that would happen.

SB 136 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Exclude certain municipal taxes from the gross receipts used to determine the tax liability for customers served by electric cooperatives and electric utilities.

Sen Corey Brown (R, Dist 23) and Rep Al Novstrup (R, Dist 3) are the prime sponsors. SB 136 is an odd bill to talk about. It has to do with how taxes are applied to certain electric cooperatives and certain municipalities. Sen Brown didn’t really spend too much time talking about the bill. It had passed overwhelmingly the first time through the Senate, and there was nobody speaking on the governors behalf to sustain the veto. The Senate voted 31-1 to overturn the governor’s veto.

On the House side it was up to Rep Novstrup to push for the veto override. He pushed the fact that the Revenue Department was imposing a tax on a tax. There weren’t any Representatives that stood to speak on behalf of sustaining the governor’s veto. The veto override passed through the House by a vote of 63-1. That made SB 136 the only successful veto override of the 2015 legislative session.

Sen Tidemann asking Sen Greenfield a question about SB 159. Photo by Ashton Santema 03/30/15.

Sen Tidemann asking Sen Greenfield a question about SB 159. Photo by Ken Santema 03/30/15.

SB 159 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Exempt certain amateur sports coaches from sales and use tax.

Sen Brock Greenfield  (R, Dist 2) and Rep Tona Rozum (R, Dist 20) are the prime sponsors. I thought Sen Greenfield made a pretty good case as to why the veto should be overridden. He noted it was through a reinterpretation of tax law by bureaucrats that these coaches suddenly were subject to sales tax. It was also noted that the only amateur coaches impacted by this bill would be for the American Legion and VFW leagues. Greenfield noted it has been harder and harder for these organizations to find coaches, and that between self-employment taxes and sales taxes it is getting even harder. Many of the other Senators speaking on behalf of the bill focused on the good that baseball programs do for the youth in SD.

The Senate vote for the veto override of SB 159 was 21-11. That was three short of the 24 votes needed for a veto override. I will admit I didn’t really care one way or the other about the bill. But I think in Greenfield’s final push to override the veto he made a good case and that this veto probably should have been overridden.

SD Senate and House have three veto’s to consider on Mon March 30

March 29, 2015 2 comments
SD State capital. Photo by Ken Santema 02/11/15.

SD State capital. Photo by Ken Santema 02/11/15.

Monday, March 30, is the final legislative day in 2015. Both the House and Senate will convene at 10:00 AM to consider whether to override Governor Daugaard’s veto of three bills. I‘ve blogged about the three vetoes before. Here is the cliff note version of each bill:

SB 100 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Create a leased residential property classification.

Sen Deb Peters (R, Dist 9) and Rep Don Haggar (R, Dist 10) are the prime sponsors.

This bill creates a new property tax classification of leased residential property. Technically the bill in its current form is a way for the state to collect data about how many leased residential properties there are in the state so that data can be used to push for a new tax levy in the future. This would theoretically allow for lower property taxes that can be passed on to families struggling to pay their rent. That is what proponents of the bill were saying. Personally I believe the bill would have done the opposite long-term. Long-term I believe this classification change would open up the door to property taxes per unit when dealing with rental situations. That could end up being one heck of a large tax increase. In a state where there are few sources of revenue, this bill could open a Pandora’s box of new revenue enhancements.

SB 136 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Exclude certain municipal taxes from the gross receipts used to determine the tax liability for customers served by electric cooperatives and electric utilities.

Sen Corey Brown (R, Dist 23) and Rep Al Novstrup (R, Dist 3) are the prime sponsors. This bill would prevent a tax from being taxed. I really don’t understand the Governor’s veto of the bill. It just doesn’t align with how I am reading the bill. Perhaps I just haven’t studied this particular bill enough.

SB 159 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Exempt certain amateur sports coaches from sales and use tax.

Sen Brock Greenfield  (R, Dist 2) and Rep Tona Rozum (R, Dist 20) are the prime sponsors. This bill is actually pretty simple. It exempts amateur baseball coaches from Sales and Use Tax if the team is a 501(c)(19) non-profit. I believe it may have been harder for Daugaard to veto if it hadn’t been specific to one certain type of amateur coach.

3 bills vetoed by Governor Daugaard on March 20

March 20, 2015 5 comments
Sen Brock Greenfield speaking on the SD Senate floor. Photo by Ken Santema 02/16/15.

Sen Brock Greenfield speaking on the SD Senate floor. Photo by Ken Santema 02/16/15.

Today, March 20, Governor Daugaard finally decided which bills he felt were worthy of a veto. He sent out releases about his veto of SB 100, veto of SB 136, and veto of SB 159.

None of these are the bills was I was truly hoping would be vetoed (although I am happy to see SB 100 get a veto). It almost seems like Daugaard looks for bills to veto that most people really don’t care about…

SB 100 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Create a leased residential property classification.

Sen Deb Peters (R, Dist 9) and Rep Don Haggar (R, Dist 10) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed Senate Taxation 4-3. It was amended on the Senate floor to remove the new levy for this classification. The amended version of the bill passed 25-8. The bill had a slight amendment in House Taxation and passed that committee 10-5 and the House floor 40-27. The Senate concurred 25-8 to the changes made in the House.

This bill would have created a new property tax classification of leased residential property. Technically the bill in its current form is a way for the state to collect data about how many leased residential properties there are in the state so that data can be used to push for a new tax levy in the future. This would theoretically allow for lower property taxes that can be passed on to families struggling to pay their rent. That is what proponents of the bill were saying. Personally I believe the bill have done the opposite long-term. Long-term I believe this classification change would open up the door to property taxes per unit when dealing with rental situations. That could end up being one heck of a large tax increase. It has happened in other states

Additionally I don’t think enough property owners would go down to the County office and change the classification of their property just so the state can collect data. In its current form, this bill really doesn’t incentive property owners into going through the trouble of changing their property tax classification.

This is a bill I am more than happy to see the Governor veto. He did it more for the reasons stated in his release:

Senate Bill 100 is a first step toward a different property tax levy for leased residential property – a change that will shift the property tax burden onto agricultural, nonagricultural, and owner-occupied property taxpayers, without any guarantee of savings for residents of leased properties.  For that reason, I oppose this bill and I ask that you sustain my veto.

He is correct, if fully implemented in the future this bill would shift tax burden. I just don’t think it would have stayed beneficial. I don’t see the legislature overriding this veto.

SB 136 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Exclude certain municipal taxes from the gross receipts used to determine the tax liability for customers served by electric cooperatives and electric utilities.

Sen Corey Brown (R, Dist 23) and Rep Al Novstrup (R, Dist 3) are the prime sponsors. This bill was gutted by Senate Tax. It passed the committee 6-1 after being hoghoused. The new bill seems to do about the same thing, just in a different way. It was then gutted again on the Senate floor, and language similar to the original bill was hoghoused into it. The re-hoghoused bill passed the Senate floor 32-0. It had a couple of amendments in House Tax and passed that committee 12-0. It then had a title amendment on the House floor to reflect the changes made in House Tax and passed 67-1. The Senate concurred with the House changes 34-0.

Basically this looks like a good bill. It prevents a tax from being taxed. The Governor gave this reason for his veto:

Senate Bill 136 would create a special exemption for rural electric companies that no other South Dakota business is given.  It would allow a rural electric company to deduct its payment in lieu of property taxes from its gross receipts before paying state and municipal sales tax.

Creating this special dispensation is contrary to the broad based sales tax principles that are the foundation of South Dakota’s sales tax, the primary source of state government funds, and could easily lead to other businesses requesting similar exemptions in future years.

South Dakota should not create a special tax calculation rule for rural electric companies that no other South Dakota business is given.  I oppose this bill and I ask that you sustain my veto.

I am going to have to research this bill a little bit more. Perhaps my understanding of this particular piece of legislation is wrong. It doesn’t match up with Daugaard’s assessment. The bill passed through both chambers strong enough that a veto override is possible. The question is whether the legislators actually have the guts to do so.

SB 159 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Exempt certain amateur sports coaches from sales and use tax.

Sen Brock Greenfield  (R, Dist 2) and Rep Tona Rozum (R, Dist 20) are the prime sponsors. This bill had a bit of a journey in the Senate. It originally failed a Do Pass vote in Senate Taxation 3-3, after another member came back to the committee it passed Senate Taxation 4-3. It then failed on the Senate floor 17-15. At the time the prime sponsor Sen Greenfield was out with an injury. Then came a vote to reconsider, which passed 28-3. Finally with Sen Greenfield back it passed the Senate floor 22-13. When it hit House Taxation it passed 10-2 and the House floor passed it 63-5.

This bill is actually pretty simple. It exempts amateur baseball coaches from Sales and Use Tax if the team is a 501(c)(19) non-profit.

Here is part of the reason given by Daugaard for the veto:

Exemptions to the sales tax base, such as Senate Bill 159, erode the sales tax base and diminish a steady, reliable source of revenue for our State.  Senate Bill 159’s exemption benefits a select group and could lead to additional exemption requests in the future.  We must resist any attempt to erode the sales tax base and must work to keep the sales tax base as broad, and therefore as stable, as possible.

In addition, Senate Bill 159’s exemption creates a privilege to the amateur baseball teams sponsored by select organizations, specifically American Legion and VFW organizations. While I admire these organizations and appreciate the work they do, it is bad tax policy to exempt coaches in these organizations, while continuing to tax other amateur baseball coaches

I must say I really never cared one way or the other about this bill. Personally I think the legislature should just let this veto stand. Let Sen Greenfield come back next year with a less specific coach exemption. There will still likely be resistance to the bill from the Governor, but at least he won’t be able to say it was because only a certain type of coach was targeted.

Bills on the SD Senate floor for Mon Mar 9

March 9, 2015 Comments off
SD Senate Floor. Photo by Ken Santema 02/24/15.

SD Senate Floor. Photo by Ken Santema 02/24/15.

Here are the bills on the SD Senate floor for Monday, March 9, which begins at 2:00 PM central.

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

SB 60 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide newborn screening of inherited and genetic disorders.

Consideration of House Amendment

It was amended on the Senate floor and then was passed 31-4. It went through House Health and Human Services 9-4. It was then amended again on the House floor and passed 50-16. The amendment mainly states that the DOH must provide information about the care of an affected child, and that the parent or guardian can refuse to accept the information. The Senate must decide whether to concur with the changes made in the House. Personally I still feel this is a very bad bill. This bill, if it becomes law, would allow the state to further get between the doctor and their patient.

SB 120 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding special alcoholic beverage licenses issued in conjunction with special events and to declare an emergency.

Consideration of House Amendment

This bill was hoghoused in Senate Commerce. The new version of this bill seems much more straightforward in allowing a special off-sale package wine dealers or malt beverage dealers license for use in certain special events. The committee also added an emergency clause so it could take effect after being passed into law. The amended bill passed through Senate Commerce, the Senate and House Commerce without opposition. The House floor made four more amendments to the bill. The amendments added distilled spirits to the list of alcoholic beverages this bill would apply to. I think this was a great addition. The Senate must now decide whether to agree with the changes made in the House.

SB 136 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Exclude certain municipal taxes from the gross receipts used to determine the tax liability for customers served by electric cooperatives and electric utilities.

Consideration of House Amendment

This bill was gutted by Senate Tax. It passed the committee 6-1 after being hoghoused. The new bill seems to do about the same thing, just in a different way. It was then gutted again on the Senate floor, and language similar to the original bill was hoghoused into it. Basically this looks like a good bill. It prevents a tax from being taxed. The re-hoghoused bill passed the Senate floor 32-0. It had a couple of amendments in House Tax and passed that committee 12-0. It then had a title amendment on the House floor to reflect the changes made in House Tax and passed 67-1. The Senate must choose whether to agree with the changes made in the House.

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

Amended SJ 33rd LD: HB 1219

SECOND READING OF HOUSE BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS

HB 1231 – SoDakLiberty PostsAuthorize the forfeiture of any financial benefit or valuables gained from pimping.

This bill passed House Commerce and Energy 12-0. It was then amended on the House floor and passed 63-6. The House amendment removed forfeitures for prostitution, making this bill aimed directly at pimps. Senate Judiciary amended the title to remove prostitution from the bills title. Personally I believe forfeiture laws are misguided. There is too great of a danger when entities of the state are allowed to take property; especially when that property is taken before anything is proven in a court of law.

HB 1140 – SoDakLiberty PostsIncrease the crimes and lookback period to enhance the penalty for violating a protection order.

This bill was amended in House Judiciary and passed that committee 13-0. It then passed the House floor 54-15. It was then amended in Senate Judiciary to remove all amendments.  The lookback period in this bill changes from 5 years to 10 years.

HB 1015 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Repeal certain provisions regarding the South Dakota Risk Pool.

The bill was amended in the House Health and Human Services committee and flew through the House with no opposition. It passed Senate Appropriations 9-0. Honestly I don’t understand enough about the SD Risk Pool to comment on this one.

HB 1041 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Increase certain driver and commercial driver licensing application fees and to dedicate certain revenue for the purpose of operating the driver license program.

This bill passed the House Appropriations 8-0 and the House floor 57-12. The application fee would go from $20 to $28, and the fee for a duplicate license goes from $10 to $15. A CDL application goes from $25 to $35. Really? And here everyone seemed to think all the transportation fee and tax increases would only be included in the massive transportation bill. Senate Appropriations passed the bill 8-0.

HB 1046 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding zero based budgets, budgeting procedures, and the coordination of federally aided programs.

This bill was amended and passed House Appropriations 9-0. It then passed the House floor 67-2. Finally it passed Senate Appropriations 9-0. This is a bill I just don’t understand…

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.

* Deferred from last week!

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.

* Deferred from last week!

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.

* Deferred from last week!

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 last week!

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 last week!

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 last week!

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 last week!

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 last week!

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 last week!

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 last week!

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 last week!

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 last week!

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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Bills on the SD House floor for Thurs Mar 5

March 5, 2015 Comments off

SONY DSCHere are the bills on the SD House floor for Thursday, March 5, which begins at 2:00 PM central.

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

HB 1050 – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal certain funds, to make revisions to receipts dedicated to the property tax reduction fund, and to create the general revenue replacement fund.

Consideration of Senate Amendments

This bill passed House Appropriations 8-0, the House floor 58-11, and Senate Appropriations 9-0. It was amended on the Senate floor and passed 34-0. This bill puts funds directly to the general fund that were in special purpose funds. It appears this might be a way for the executive branch to get around using money the way they are supposed to. The House has to choose whether to agree with an amendment made on the Senate floor to include “any outstanding balance on repayments due to the budget reserve fund pursuant to a legislative act” in the definition of the budget reserve.

HB 1134 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions concerning the expungement of arrest records.

Consideration of Senate Amendments

This passed House Judiciary 9-3 and the House floor 64-2. Senate Judiciary passed the bill 5-2. It was amended on the Senate floor and passed 33-1. The House must choose whether to agree with the amendment. It appears to me that the amended version of the bill still provides the opportunity to have charges expunged.

SECOND READING OF CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS

SB 119 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding abandoned mobile and manufactured homes.

SB 17 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the definition of motor vehicles that are subject to the lemon law.

SB 108 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions relating to aggravated DUI’s.‘s.

SECOND READING OF SENATE BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS

SB 120 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding special alcoholic beverage licenses issued in conjunction with special events and to declare an emergency.

* Deferred from yesterday after being amended on the House floor to add distilled spirits.

This bill was hoghoused in Senate Commerce. The new version of this bill seems much more straightforward in allowing a special off-sale package wine dealers or malt beverage dealers license for use in certain special events. The committee also added an emergency clause so it could take effect after being passed into law. The amended bill passed through Senate Commerce, the Senate and House Commerce without opposition.

SB 98 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise the provisions related to the financial accountability system.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill passed Senate Judiciary 5-1, the Senate floor 31-2, and House Judiciary 11-1. If I remember testimony on this bill correctly it is mostly word cleanup.

SB 95 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise provisions related to human trafficking.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill passed Senate Judiciary 6-0 after being amended. It then passed the Senate floor without opposition. House Health and Human Services passed the bill 11-1. The biggest change here appears to be changing the definition from under age 16 to under 18 in human trafficking code.

SB 101 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Establish certain provisions regarding cancer treatment medication coverage by insurance companies.

In its original form this bill was a pure mandate. It was hoghoused to change its approach in Senate Health and passed that committee 6-0. It was then further amended on the Senate floor and passed 35-0. House Health passed the bill 11-0. Basically this bill makes medical insurance companies in SD treat medicine forms of cancer treatment the same as they do traditional (more invasive) methods. Apparently the insurance companies have been treating such treatments as medication, so it was not covered under the normal insurance plan. I agree with what the bill is trying to do. But it still looks like a mandate to me.

SB 50 – SoDakLiberty PostsAuthorize the South Dakota Building Authority to provide for the construction, reconstruction, renovation, and modernization of state park facilities and infrastructure at Custer State Park for the Department of Game, Fish and Parks, to make an appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency.

This bill passed through the Senate and through House Appropriations without opposition. This is a long appropriation bill with a lot of amending done in Senate Appropriations. It appropriates $11,500,000 for the Custer project.

SB 172 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Strengthen the financial practices of the State of South Dakota.

This bill passed through the Senate and through House Appropriations without opposition. It appears to be changing how debt is utilized by the state. But I have to listen to the testimony to make sure.

SB 173 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Make appropriations from the water and environment fund, the water pollution control revolving fund subfund, and the drinking water revolving fund subfund for various water and environmental purposes, to revise the state water plan, to increase the authority of the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources to make consolidated water facilities construction program awards, and to declare an emergency.

This bill passed through the Senate and through House Appropriations without opposition. This actually has quite a few appropriations in it from the South Dakota water and environment fund. Here is the long list of appropriations in this bill:

  • $7,700,000 to provide funds to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing a no-interest loan to local project sponsors as an advance on federal funds for the construction of facilities included in the Lewis and Clark Rural Water System
  • $250,000 to provide funds to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing grants to state and local project sponsors for hydrology and water management studies to assess, model, and quantify the state’s surface water and groundwater resources.
  • $16,500,000 to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing grants and loans to project sponsors under the consolidated water facilities construction program
  • $4,000,000  to the city of Clark, for the design and construction of a waste water treatment facility, a sanitary sewer interceptor, and sewer main.
  • $3,000,000 to the Big Sioux Community Water System, for the design and construction of water lines and a pump station to interconnect with the city of Madison and the Minnehaha Community Water Corporation.
  • $1,800,000 to the Minnehaha Community Water Corporation, for the design and construction of water lines to provide capacity to interconnect with the Big Sioux Community Water System and the city of Madison.
  • An increase from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 to any project in the state water facilities plan without specific authorization of the Legislature.
  • $1,300,000 to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing grants and loans to project sponsors under the solid waste management program
  • $1,000,000 to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing grants and loans to project sponsors for the construction, remediation, enlargement, closure, or upgrade of regional landfills.
  • $1,000,000 to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing water quality grants under the state water pollution control revolving fund program
  • $150,000 to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of contracting for the preparation of applications and administration of clean water state revolving fund loans under the state water pollution control revolving fund program
  • $150,000 to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of contracting for the preparation of applications and administration of drinking water state revolving fund loans under the state drinking water revolving fund program
  • $250,000 to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing grants to very small community water systems to address drinking water compliance and public health issues.
  • $200,000 to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing small system technical assistance set-aside grants to project sponsors under the state drinking water revolving fund program

SB 159 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Exempt certain amateur sports coaches from sales and use tax.

This bill had a bit of a journey in the Senate. It originally failed a Do Pass vote in Senate Taxation 3-3, after another member came back to the committee it passed Senate Taxation 4-3. It then failed on the Senate floor 17-15. At the time the prime sponsor Sen Greenfield was out with an injury. Then came a vote to reconsider, which passed 28-3. Finally with Sen Greenfield back it passed the Senate floor 22-13. When it hit House Taxation it passed 10-2. This bill is actually pretty simple. It exempts amateur baseball coaches from Sales and Use Tax if the team is a 501(c)(19) non-profit.

SB 111 – 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 last week by a vote of 6-6 in House Local Government. After being deferred the bill passed House Local Government 7-5. 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.”

SB 126 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain publications date citations for references to the International Building Code and International Property Maintenance Code.

There was no opposition to the bill on the Senate side or in House Local Government. This updates references from the 2012 edition of the International Building Code to 2015. This is an area that annoys me actually. If someone wants to find out how to comply with code they need to dish out $131 to find out what the code is for new buildings. This is a way for government officials to over-regulate without making it look like they are doing so.

SB 161 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Allow certain fireworks to be used all year.

This bill was amended in Senate Commerce to remove fountains, sparklers, and ground spinners from the fireworks being added by this bill. All that leaves in the bill is “snakes, and smoke effects, if they do not fly, travel, or explode, to single-shot parachute pieces without a flare”. After being amended it passed the committee 7-0. It was then amended on the Senate floor to put this language into a new section, instead of modifying current code. House Local Government passed the bill 12-0. There really isn’t much left to the bill, why bother at this point?

SB 3 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for mediation of certain drainage disputes.

This bill was amended in Senate Ag and passed that committee 8-0. It then passed the Senate floor 32-2. House Agriculture and Natural Resources passed the bill 11-0. This is a HUGE topic… especially here in Brown County, where the County Commissioners act as the drainage board. There have been a lot of incidents where neighbors get into battles (sometimes with fists) over water drainage issues. I don’t see getting the Dept of Ag involved as the answer. Currently cases dealing with drainage issues go to court. This bill would allow mediation of such cases without expense of a court. I have been opposed to this, and still have soft opposition to the bill. But this issue gets hotter and hotter each year in NE South Dakota. Perhaps it is time for an approach such as this to come forward.

SB 73 – SoDakLiberty PostsImprove public safety regarding juvenile justice.

* Deferred from yesterday!

This bill passed the Senate and House State Affairs with no opposition. This is part of the Governors and Chief Justices initiative to reform SD’s horrendous juvenile incarceration rates. This bill would mirror some of the steps taken to reform the incarceration rates for adults. Parts of this bill has some good ideas and changes. But until the state actually looks at reducing the number of victim-less offenses that are crimes, there will continue to be an outrageous number of people in SD locked up for no reason. But having said that, I do think this bill provides an improvement over what is currently.

SB 136 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Exclude certain municipal taxes from the gross receipts used to determine the tax liability for customers served by electric cooperatives.

This bill was gutted by Senate Tax. It passed the committee 6-1 after being hoghoused. The new bill seems to do about the same thing, just in a different way. It was then gutted again on the Senate floor, and language similar to the original bill was hoghoused into it. Basically this looks like a good bill. It prevents a tax from being taxed. The re-hoghoused bill passed the Senate floor 32-0. It had a couple of amendments in House Tax and passed that committee 12-0.

SB 2 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for the establishment of river basin natural resource districts.

This bill passed Senate Ag 6-3 after being amended. It passed the Senate floor 20-12. It was then amended in House Ag and passed 10-1. I think the amendment alleviates the fears of some (including me) about the bill. The amendment in part adds this language: “This Act does not give any district created pursuant to this Act any regulatory or taxing authority”. I still fear the districts would be used against land owners in the future. But the debate on whether this would help with excess water issues is worth having, It should be interesting to see what the House floor does with the bill.

SB 51 – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal the contingency funds available for unanticipated costs related to medical services and to declare an emergency.

This bill passed the Senate and then House Appropriations without opposition. This was in the governor’s budget address. ACA has made this contingency fund unnecessary.

SB 33 – SoDakLiberty PostsExtend resident tuition eligibility to the spouses and children of active duty military personnel and of qualifying veterans.

This bill flew through the Senate and through House State Affairs with no opposition. Currently a veteran does not have to meet the twelve-month residency requirements to be considered a resident for tuition. This bill would add the same right to the veterans spouse or children.

SB 70SoDakLiberty Posts – Require that the mandatory reporter who witnessed the disclosure or evidence of child abuse or neglect be available to answer questions when the initial report is made.

This bill was amended by the Senate State Affairs committee and passed that same committee 9-0 and the Senate floor 33-0. After some good proponent testimony it passed through House State Affairs 12-0. Current state law has various professions that must report suspected child abuse or neglect. This bill would make sure the person reporting the abuse is available when the report is made to the authorities. That will help investigators actually determine what happened and if the case can be pursued.

SB 137 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding the term of the Executive Board of the Legislative Research Council.

This bill passed through the Senate and through House State Affairs with no opposition. This seems to ensure that the legislators elected to the board only serve during the two-year period each legislator is elected to. I think the older language intends that, but this bill makes that much more clear.

SB 191 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding capital outlay certificates and lease purchase agreements of school districts and the pledge of state aid to education funds program aid to secure such obligations.

This bill passed Senate State Affairs 9-0 after being amended. The bill then passed House State Affairs 12-0. It then had a title amendment on the Senate floor and passed 31-1.

SB 13 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Require certain persons convicted for human trafficking to register as sex offenders.

This bill passed Senate Judiciary and the Senate floor with no opposition. It passed House Judiciary 8-4. This bill adds two types of crimes to those that require registering as a sex offender. These two are first degree human trafficking if the victim is a minor and second degree human trafficking involving the prostitution of a minor. This bill I wonder about, because either of these convictions seem to possibly fit under current types of crimes that already require registering as a sex offender.

SB 186 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise the procedure for the execution of a warrant.

This bill passed Senate Judiciary 6-0 after being amended. The amendment took out the new language that was to be added by the bill. Now the bill appears to clarify the words used in the law. The bill passed the Senate floor 32-0. Finally it passed House Judiciary 11-0.

House Taxation committee has 3 bills on Tues Mar 3

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My son Lawson playing baseball. Photo by Ken Santema summer 2014.

My son Lawson playing baseball. Photo by Ken Santema summer 2014.

On Tuesday, March 3rd, at 7:45 AM the SD House Commerce and Energy committee will take on 3 bills.

SB 159 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Exempt certain amateur sports coaches from sales and use tax.

Sen Brock Greenfield  (R, Dist 2) and Rep Tona Rozum (R, Dist 20) are the prime sponsors. This bill had a bit of a journey in the Senate. It originally failed a Do Pass vote in Senate Taxation 3-3, after another member came back to the committee it passed Senate Taxation 4-3. It then failed on the Senate floor 17-15. At the time the prime sponsor Sen Greenfield was out with an injury. Then came a vote to reconsider, which passed 28-3. Finally with Sen Greenfield back it passed the Senate floor 22-13. This bill is actually pretty simple. It exempts amateur baseball coaches from Sales and Use Tax if the team is a 501(c)(19) non-profit.

SB 182 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise the rate of interest for late payment of certain taxes.

Sen Larry Tidemann (R, Dist 7) and Rep Scott Munsterman (R, Dist 7) are the prime sponsors. This would revise the interest that people or entities are late on paying certain taxes. This bill was amended in Senate tax to change the interest rates from the original lower rates in the bill. Currently law has this interest rate for late taxes set to 1.25% or five dollars, which ever is greater, for the first month; then 1.25% for each month afterwards. The amended form of this bill changes the interest rate down to 1%. The amended bill also changes the maximum interest rate to 24% (currently at 30%) upon delinquent taxes if the secretary determines that the delinquent payment was caused by a mistake of law and was not caused by an intent to evade the tax. After being amended the bill passed Senate Tax  and the Senate floor with no opposition.

Part of me wonders how this will bill will tie in with the collection agency the legislature is trying to enact via HB 1228 (SoDakLiberty Posts). The lower interest rates won’t mean much when a 20% collection fee is added on by the debt collectors.

SB 136 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Exclude certain municipal taxes from the gross receipts used to determine the tax liability for customers served by electric cooperatives.

Sen Corey Brown (R, Dist 23) and Rep Al Novstrup (R, Dist 3) are the prime sponsors. This bill was gutted by Senate Tax. It passed the committee 6-1 after being hoghoused. The new bill seems to do about the same thing, just in a different way. It was then gutted again on the Senate floor, and language similar to the original bill was hoghoused into it. Basically this looks like a good bill. It prevents a tax from being taxed. The re-hoghoused bill passed the Senate floor 32-0.

Bills on the SD Senate floor for Tues Feb 17

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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 Tuesday, February 17, which begins at 2:00 PM central.

Today’s post is especially long. Part of that is because the Senate keeps deferring House Bills. The other reason is I missed some committee posts last week, so there are some appropriation bills that took extra space.

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

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

* Deferred from last Thursday!

I really don’t care about this one. At least it doesn’t support TPP.

SECOND READING OF CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS

Reappointment of: Roger P. Novotny South Dakota Lottery Commission

SB 182 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise the rate of interest for late payment of certain taxes.

HB 1044SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding educational personnel certification and discipline.

HB 1068 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise when a court can grant a cross credit on child support.

HB 1037 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions related to the regulation of public utilities.

HB 1038 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions related to the siting of energy facilities.

HB 1052 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding the regulation of insurance holding companies.

HB 1084 SoDakLiberty PostsExpand collateral eligible to be pledged as security for public deposits.

HB 1088 – SoDakLiberty PostsPermit procurement of certain disability insurance from a non-admitted insurer.

HB 1111 – SoDakLiberty PostsIncrease the costs and expenses considered reasonable for the collection of certain dishonored checks.

HB 1132 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding the titling of motor vehicles, boats, mobile homes, and manufactured homes and the issuance of temporary permits by licensed dealers.

SECOND READING OF SENATE BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS

SB 128 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions concerning the general requirements that vehicle owners must satisfy before applying for military plates.

This bill was amended in Senate Transportation and pass that committee 7-0. Current law says the person has to have a valid SD Drivers license. This bill would add the South Dakota nondriver identification card.

SB 90 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Require school districts to provide veterans a preference in employment.

This passed Senate Ed 5-0. Really? When there is a teacher shortage we are worried about getting veterans first in line? Is it a problem that veterans are not getting an interview when applying for a teaching position? (and I say that as a veteran).

SB 124 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise the requirements for a petition for a minor boundary change.

This bill passed Senate Ed 7-0. It was then sent back to Senate Ed where it was amended and failed to pass by a vote of 3-2 (4 votes needed to pass).  The committee then reconsidered and it passed 5-0. The biggest change in this seems to be adding language for the “final plan for detachment”. I am too far out of my knowledge of area to comment further on this bill.

SB 192 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Permit the sergeant-at-arms to carry concealed firearms in the state capitol building under certain conditions.

This bill passed Senate Judiciary 5-2. I don’t see a problem with this bill.

** Interesting side-note. I had the opportunity to meet the Sergeant-at-arms in both houses last week. Apparently it makes leadership nervous when someone is going around taking constant pictures from the gallery. They send the sergeant up to find out who it is. Both sergeants were very nice and I had a nice conversation with them.

SB 170 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Increase legislator salary.

This passed Senate Appropriations 6-2. This bill would raise the legislator base pay from $6,000 to $10,000. This is a pay raise I do feel is in order. The increase in pay will make it easier for a variety of citizens to actually serve in Pierre. It also appears the pay raise would not take effect until the current term of office ends. So this pay raise would take effect in 2017.

SB 173 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Make appropriations from the water and environment fund, the water pollution control revolving fund subfund, and the drinking water revolving fund subfund for various water and environmental purposes, to revise the state water plan, to increase the authority of the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources to make consolidated water facilities construction program awards, and to declare an emergency.

This bill passed Senate Appropriations 8-0. This actually has quite a few appropriations in it from the South Dakota water and environment fund. I was unable to do a committee posting when this his appropriations, so there is the long list of appropriations in this bill:

  • $7,700,000 to provide funds to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing a no-interest loan to local project sponsors as an advance on federal funds for the construction of facilities included in the Lewis and Clark Rural Water System
  • $250,000 to provide funds to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing grants to state and local project sponsors for hydrology and water management studies to assess, model, and quantify the state’s surface water and groundwater resources.
  • $16,500,000 to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing grants and loans to project sponsors under the consolidated water facilities construction program
  • $4,000,000  to the city of Clark, for the design and construction of a waste water treatment facility, a sanitary sewer interceptor, and sewer main.
  • $3,000,000 to the Big Sioux Community Water System, for the design and construction of water lines and a pump station to interconnect with the city of Madison and the Minnehaha Community Water Corporation.
  • $1,800,000 to the Minnehaha Community Water Corporation, for the design and construction of water lines to provide capacity to interconnect with the Big Sioux Community Water System and the city of Madison.
  • An increase from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 to any project in the state water facilities plan without specific authorization of the Legislature.
  • $1,300,000 to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing grants and loans to project sponsors under the solid waste management program
  • $1,000,000 to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing grants and loans to project sponsors for the construction, remediation, enlargement, closure, or upgrade of regional landfills.
  • $1,000,000 to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing water quality grants under the state water pollution control revolving fund program
  • $150,000 to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of contracting for the preparation of applications and administration of clean water state revolving fund loans under the state water pollution control revolving fund program
  • $150,000 to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of contracting for the preparation of applications and administration of drinking water state revolving fund loans under the state drinking water revolving fund program
  • $250,000 to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing grants to very small community water systems to address drinking water compliance and public health issues.
  • $200,000 to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing small system technical assistance set-aside grants to project sponsors under the state drinking water revolving fund program

SB 178 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain programs and authorize certain projects in the Unified Judicial System and to make an appropriation therefor.

This bill passed Senate Appropriations 8-0. This bill appropriates $500,000 from the Unified Judicial System court automation fund to the Unified Judicial System for the purpose of providing incentive payments to attorneys participating in the rural attorney assistance program. The bill also increases the number of attorneys that can participate in the program from 16 to 32. The bill also has an appropriation of $300,000 for renovating the Supreme Court law library in the state capitol building. Another $100,000 is appropriated to award grants to counties for projects related to the improvement of courthouse security. Then another $400,000 to help address the negative cash balance in the law enforcement officers training fund.

Is it just me, or is more being done to address lawyer shortages than teacher shortages?

SB 179 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions relating to record search fees in the Unified Judicial System.

This passed Senate Appropriations 7-1. This bill appears to increase the fee from $15 to $20. That extra $5 would go directly to the law enforcement officers’ training fund.

SB 183 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise the voting requirements regarding the issuance of bonds by public bodies and capital outlay certificates by school districts.

* Deferred from last Thursday!

This bill passed Senate Local Government 4-3. This would drop the requirement of sixty percent in favor of issuing a bond down to fifty-five percent. This bill appears to be trying to make it easier to get bonds passed.

SB 159 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Exempt certain amateur sports coaches from sales and use tax.

* Deferred from last Thursday!

This passed Senate Tax 4-3, after failing a 3-3 vote. I really haven’t looked into this one.

SB 91 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Make an appropriation to support the South Dakota need-based grant program.

* Deferred again last Thursday!

This was amended by Senate Appropriations from $200,000 down to $1. It then passed the committee 8-0. This would appropriate funds for the Board of Regents to use for the South Dakota need-based grant fund.

SB 92 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Make an appropriation to support the South Dakota critical teaching needs scholarship program.

* Deferred again last Thursday!

This was amended by Senate Appropriations from $200,000 down to $1. It then passed the committee 8-0.

SB 136 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Exclude certain municipal taxes from the gross receipts used to determine the tax liability for customers served by electric cooperatives.

* Deferred again last Thursday!

This bill was gutted by Senate Tax. It passed the committee 6-1 after being hoghoused. The new bill seems to do about the same thing, just in a different way.

SECOND READING OF HOUSE BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS

HJR 1001 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Making formal application to Congress to call an Article V convention of the states for the sole purpose of proposing a federal balanced budget amendment.

This bill died last week, and I wish it had stayed dead. On Weds of last week a motion to reconsider passed and the bill will be debated and voted upon again. Here is what I said the first time it came up on the Senate floor:

I really hoped this would die in the Senate State Affairs committee. This bill passed House State Affairs 9-3 and the House floor 39-30. It then eeked through Senate State Affairs 5-3. I am outright opposed to this bill and its sister bill HB 1069. My House State Affairs committee post for Jan 26 explains why. But basically an Article V convention has far more risks than potential gains.

HB 1130 – SoDakLiberty PostsProhibit an abortion provider from accepting payment for an abortion prior to the end of the required informed consent period.

This bill passed House Health 10-0. It passed the House floor 63-4. It was amended in Senate Health to remove the prohibition for a commitment of payment. I then passed Senate Health 6-0.

HB 1085 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding the requirement for performance securities.

* Deferred from last Thursday!

This bill passed House Commerce, the House floor, and Senate commerce with no opposition. This bill appears to be language clarification.

HB 1069 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Limit the authority of delegates to a limited Article V convention to vote for unauthorized amendments contrary to legislative instructions and to provide a civil fine for the violation thereof.

* Deferred again last Thursday!

This is another bill I hoped would die in Senate State Affairs. This bill had an amendment in House State Affairs to fix a reference to the HJR. This bill passed House State Affairs 9-3 and the House floor 38-31. Senate State Affairs passed it 8-0. I am outright opposed to this bill and its sister bill HJR 1001. My House State Affairs committee post for Jan 26 explains why. But basically I do not believe delegates can have their authority limited in an Article V convention.

HB 1055 – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal certain outdated and unnecessary statutes and administrative rules related to the Department of Agriculture.

* Deferred again last Thursday!

This bill was amended in House Ag and now in Senate Ag. It passed House Ag and the House Floor. It passed in Senate Ag 8-1. The bill originally had 59 sections repealing code. The amended version has 54 sections repealing code.

HB 1058SoDakLiberty Posts –  Revise certain provisions regarding contagious disease control quarantine measures and to declare an emergency.

* Deferred yet again last Thursday!

The bill passed the House Health committee 8-5.

It was then amended on the House floor to make it more specific to “middle east respiratory syndrome (MERS), severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), smallpox, or viral hemorrhagic fevers”. The emergency clause was also removed at that time. Removing the emergency clause was expected. Without the emergency clause the bill would only need a simple majority to pass the House floor.

After being amended the bill passed the House floor by a vote of 41-27.

It passed Senate Health 5-1.

I expect this to pass the Senate floor. There are a lot of concerns that this bill gives too much power to DOH. I understand those concerns, but I think DOH already has overly broad powers.

HB 1059SoDakLiberty PostsAllow authorized entities to access immunization information in certain circumstances.

* Deferred yet again last Thursday!

Many people have gotten worked up about this bill because of the change from may to shall. Personally I don’t think this change actually has any impact. This did not allow any new sharing of immunization records. I understand many people don’t like this law, but fighting this bill won’t change the law. That would need to be done with a separate bill to repeal the current law.

This bill passed the House Health committee 8-5.

It was then amended on the House floor with the following addition:

The provider shall verbally notify the patient, or if the patient is a minor, the patient’s parent or guardian of the patient’s ability to refuse to permit immunization information to be shared.

That amendment was able to get this bill passed on the House floor 45-24. But from what I hear this amendment has not pacified those angry about this bill. All this amendment did was say the provider must give verbal notification. I really think amending this bill with a written opt-in would have pacified many detractors. But there is no way the DOH would want to cede that much power…

The bill made it through Senate Health 4-2.

I really don’t think it will be held up in the Senate, but there might be some hot debate.

HB 1063 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the notice provisions for the name change of a minor child.

* Deferred yet again last Thursday!

This bill passed House Judiciary and the House floor with no opposition. It passed Senate Judiciary 6-1. This one appears to make sure that the other parent of a child is notified when there will be a name change for a child.

HB 1043SoDakLiberty Posts – Repeal certain outdated and obsolete provisions regarding the Department of Education.

* Deferred yet again last Thursday!

This bill was amended in House Ed. After that it passed House Ed and the House floor with no opposition. It passed Senate Ed 5-2.  This bill appears to repeal outdated code.

HB 1057 – SoDakLiberty PostsMake an appropriation to reimburse certain eligible health care professionals who have complied with the requirements of the rural health care facility recruitment assistance program and to declare an emergency.

* Deferred yet again last Thursday!

This was amended in House Appropriations and passed 8-0. It then passed the House floor and Senate Appropriations with no opposition. The bill originally appropriated $302,500 for use with the rural health care facility recruitment assistance program. This bill was amended in House Appropriations down to the amount of $260,000.

HB 1051 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise various trust and trust company provisions.

* Deferred yet again last Thursday!

This bill passed House State Affairs, the House Floor, and Senate State Affairs with no opposition.

HB 1013 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions related to social work licensure.

* Deferred yet again last Thursday!

This bill has met with opposition. It passed 12-1 in the House Health, 40-27 on the House Floor, and 4-1 in Senate Health. This bill needs to be defeated. It uses the force of state government to impose the wishes of a protectionist special interest group. It also prevents potentially good social workers from actually performing the job.

LEGISLATIVE COMMEMORATIONS
SC 16 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Commending the South Dakota Air National Guard’s 114th Fighter Wing on being awarded the General Carl A. Spaatz Trophy.

SC 17 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Recognizing the 136th anniversary of the Fort Robinson Outbreak and commending the Annual Fort Robinson Memorial Breakout Run.

HC 1015 –  SoDakLiberty Posts – Honoring senior Chris Pollema of Dakota Valley High School on his academic success.

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