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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.

Senate State Affairs committee has 1 bill on Fri Mar 6

March 5, 2015 1 comment

mssageinabottleOn Friday, March 6th, at 11:00 AM the SD Senate State Affairs committee will take on 1 bill.

HB 1153 – SoDakLiberty PostsExpand the definition of teleconference to include certain meetings conducted through electronic text colloquy and to require the retention of certain records of text colloquy meetings for public inspection.

Rep Al Novstrup (R, Dist 3) and Sen Dan Lederman (R, Dist 16) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed Local Government 11-2 after being amended. This was a good bill. Then it was amended to make it a little more watered down. It is still a move in the right direction though. So hopefully it passes. It passed the House floor 47-22.

Currently the definition of teleconference per § 1-25-1.2 is:

1-25-1.2.   Teleconference defined. For the purposes of this chapter, a teleconference is information exchanged by audio or video medium.

This bill would add the following language to that definition:

A text colloquy among a quorum of a public body or a political subdivision by electronic means, including e-mail, text messaging, chat services, and other similar media is a teleconference if official business is discussed. The contents of any teleconference meeting conducted by text colloquy are a public record and shall be maintained by the public body for a period of one year following the meeting if:
(1) Official business within the jurisdiction of the public body is discussed; and
(2) The teleconference meeting conducted by text colloquy includes at least a quorum of a public body or political subdivision.
Communication by text colloquy not meeting both of these standards are not a public record. The scheduling of any meeting or similar clerical communication does not constitute official business for purposes of this section.

A huge hat-tip to Novstrup and Lederman for bringing this bill forth!

House Taxation committee has 3 bills on Tues Mar 3

March 2, 2015 1 comment
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.

House Commerce and Energy committee has 5 bills on Fri Feb 20

February 20, 2015 1 comment

1325432106On Friday, February 20th, at 10:00 AM the SD House Commerce and Energy committee will take on 5 bills.

** This meeting is important. Next Tuesday is the last opportunity for committees to get the bills from their chamber moved on to the floor. This committee does not have a scheduled committee meeting until next Wednesday.

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

Rep Kristin Conzet (R, Dist 32) and Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) Majority Leader are the prime sponsors. This repeals two sections of code and adds this new code:

    A credit card issuer may change the terms of any credit card agreement if such right of amendment has been reserved. A credit card issuer shall provide notice of such change, and the right to reject such change, in accordance with, and solely to the extent required by 12 C.F.R. 1026, in effect on January 1, 2015. No credit card issuer may make a change that is specifically prohibited by 12 C.F.R. 1026.

This appears to be a simplification of code. I’ll have to listen to testimony to make sure.

HB 1232 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for a determination of the value of small power production facilities.

Rep Paula Hawks (D, Dist 9) and Sen Brock Greenfield  (R, Dist 2) are the prime sponsors. This is a PUC bill. I’ll have to listen to testimony.

HB 1202 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding renewable, recycled, and conserved energy sources.

Rep Dean Schrempp (D, Dist 28A) and Sen Jason Frerichs (D, Dist 1) are the prime sponsors. § 49-34A-101 currently includes this line:

There is hereby established a state renewable, recycled, and conserved energy objective that ten percent of all electricity sold at retail within the state by the year 2015 be obtained from renewable, recycled, and conserved energy sources.

This bill would extend that provision to 2020.

BILLS FOR POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH HAVE HAD PRIOR HEARING.

HB 1157 – SoDakLiberty PostsClarify and provide consistency in cemetery regulations and to establish an administrative fine for failure to file required reports.

Rep Al Novstrup (R, Dist 3) and Sen Ried Holien (R, Dist 5) are the prime sponsors. This bill was in committee on Feb 4. Here are my notes prior to that meeting:

Some of this appears to be language cleanup. But notably it does add a section allowing the Secretary of State to fine a cemetery organization fifty dollars per day if a report is not filed on time.

The bill heavily amended during that hearing. Among other things, the amendment changed the fine from fifty dollars down to twenty-five dollars. The bill then failed to pass with a vote of 6-7. It was then deferred.

HB 1168 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise alcoholic beverage licensing relating to hotel facility on-sale licenses.

Rep Steve Westra (R, Dist 13) and Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) are the prime sponsors. This is a hoghouse vehicle bill that has been filled with actual code now. Here is the current state of the bill:

FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to revise alcoholic beverage licensing.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That chapter 35-4 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:

Notwithstanding the provisions of § 35-4-11.1, a first class municipality may issue a hotel facility on-sale license to any hotel licensed under § 34-18-9 that has at least eighty rooms that are rented to transient guests for sleeping accommodations. The initial fee for the license is ten thousand dollars and the annual renewal fee is one thousand dollars. A hotel facility on-sale license may not be transferred to a different location.

I’ll have to listen to this one in order to find out the reason for it.

Senate Appropriations committee has 19 bills on Fri Feb 20

February 19, 2015 1 comment
American Money 2 © Dana Rothstein | Dreamstime Stock Photos

American Money 2 © Dana Rothstein | Dreamstime Stock Photos

On Friday, February 20th, at 8:00 AM the SD Senate Appropriations committee will take on 19 bills.

** This meeting is important. Next Tuesday is the last opportunity for committees to get the bills from their chamber moved on to floor.

SB 55 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the General Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2015.

The Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) is the source of this bill. I haven’t yet had time to actually research the changes made with this bill.

SB 99 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions of the Medicaid contingency fund due to federal legislation, to make an appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency.

Sen Deb Peters (R, Dist 9) and Rep Justin Cronin (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors. If I am reading the bill right (a big if), it moves $9,000,000 from the Medicaid contingency fund and moves it to the Department of Social Services.

SB 106 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Provide funding for the South Dakota technical institutes.

Sen Corey Brown (R, Dist 23) and Rep Dan Dryden (R, Dist 34) are the prime sponsors. This is a hoghouse vehicle bill.

SB 145 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Accommodate legislation to increase teacher pay in South Dakota.

Sen Billie Sutton (D, Dist 21) and Rep Julie Bartling (D, Dist 21) are the prime sponsors. This is a hoghouse vehicle bill.

SB 147 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Expand Medicaid.

Sen Bernie Hunhoff (D, Dist 18) and Rep Spencer Hawley (D, Dist 7) are the prime sponsors. This is listed as a hoghouse vehicle bill. But it does actually have the following content:

FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to expand Medicaid.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That chapter 28-6 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:
    The department shall expand the medical services program provided for in § 28-6-1 in accordance with the provisions of Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act, as amended to July 1, 2012, to include individuals with income up to one hundred thirty-three percent of the federal poverty level plus five percent for the applicable family size.
    This section is repealed in the event that the federal Title XIX federal medical assistance percentage for this expanded income group is less than ninety percent.

SB 169 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Provide medical care for certain unborn children.

Sen Bernie Hunhoff (D, Dist 18) and Rep Roger Hunt (R, Dist 25) are the prime sponsors. This bill was amended in Senate Health and then passed 4-1. The amendment took away the words “unless the abortion is necessitated by a medical emergency as defined in subdivision” where the act forbids this program to be used for abortion. The bill was then refereed to Senate Appropriations.

SB 176 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Provide for the development of online resources and a rubric of textbook analysis for use in school districts, and to make an appropriation therefor.

Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) and Rep Jacqueline Sly (R, Dist 33) are the prime sponsors. This would appropriate $500,000 “to the Department of Education for the purpose of providing for the development of online resources and a rubric of textbook analysis that meets South Dakota content standards, both of which shall be made available for use in school districts at no cost.” Wow, is this really where money for education should be going?

SB 181 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Enhance higher education affordability and to make an appropriation therefor.

Sen Larry Tidemann (R, Dist 7) and Rep Scott Munsterman (R, Dist 7) are the prime sponsors. This would appropriate:

  • $3,199,548 to the Board of Regents to freeze tuition charged to South Dakota residents enrolling in state-supported courses.
  • $735,896 to the Department of Education to be distributed to the postsecondary technical institutes to reduce the tuition charged to South Dakota residents enrolling in state-supported courses.

SB 193 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Provide for an annual evaluation of economic development incentives.

The Committee on Taxation is the source of this bill. I really don’t like this bill. Economic development done by the state is just the executive branch picking winners and losers in the market.  I have a feeling this bill would be used to further the executives branches reach into the market.

BILLS FOR POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH HAVE HAD PRIOR HEARING.

SB 4 – SoDakLiberty PostsMake an appropriation for research concerning the administrative and financial impact of actual use on agricultural land assessments and to declare an emergency.

Sen Jim Peterson (D, Dist 4) and Rep Justin Cronin (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors of this bill at the request of the Agricultural Land Assessment Implementation and Oversight Advisory Task Force. It was originally assigned to Senate Ag, and then referred to Appropriations. This would appropriate $151,000 for SDSU Department of Economics to research the assessment and taxation of agricultural land based on actual use. The money appropriated would have to be used by June 30, 2016. This should be an interesting one to listen to. There are quite a few people who would like to change how ag land is assessed and taxed.

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 originates from the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. This appropriates $11,500,000 for the Custer project.

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

The SD Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) asked for this bill. This was in the governor’s budget address. ACA has made this contingency fund unnecessary.

SB 52 – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal certain provisions regarding investment income that is transferred to the general fund and to declare an emergency.

The SD Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) asked for this bill. I’ll have to listen to the hearing to better understand why this fund transfer is being repealed.

SB 53 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding the state aid to general education formula and to revise the property tax levies for the general fund of school districts.

This bill was originally assigned to the Senate State Affairs committee, but was then moved referred to Senate Appropriations. The SD Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) asked for this bill.  I won’t go into detail on this one. But most notably this bill would change the “per student allocation” to $4876.76 for 2016, that is up from $4781.14 in 2015.

SB 54 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding the state aid to special education formula and to revise the property tax levies for special education.

A BFM bill to go along with SB 53. This one is for the special education formula. It looks similar to the percentages increased in SB 53.

SB 144 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Establish a tuition reimbursement program for certain teachers who teach in rural school districts.

Sen Billie Sutton (D, Dist 21) and Rep Paula Hawks (D, Dist 9) are the prime sponsors. This is an act to do just what the title says. A big provision of this is the teacher has to stay at the rural school for five years.

SB 146 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Authorize funding for an honor guard detail for deceased veterans and to make an appropriation therefor.

Sen Jim Peterson (D, Dist 4) and Rep Spencer Hawley (D, Dist 7) are the prime sponsors. The appropriation part of this bill appropriates $35,000 to the Department of Veterans Affairs to reimburse a veterans organization to furnish a honor guard detail at the funeral of deceased veterans.

SB 157 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Make an appropriation to the state aeronautics fund.

Sen Brock Greenfield  (R, Dist 2) and Rep Al Novstrup (R, Dist 3) are the prime sponsors. This appropriates $3,033,581 to be used for airport improvements.

SB 163 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Make an appropriation to fund the Teach for America grant program.

Sen Bruce Rampelberg (R, Dist 30) and Rep Elizabeth May (R, Dist 27) are the prime sponsors. This provides funding for the Teach for America grant program for four years. It appropriates $500,000.

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