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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.

House Appropriations committee has 14 bills on Mon Mar 9

March 8, 2015 2 comments
Art within the SD State Capital building. Photo by Ken Santema 02/25/15.

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

On Monday, March 9th, at 10:00 AM the SD House Appropriations committee will take on 14 bills.

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. This bill was amended in Senate Appropriations and passed 9-0. 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. The amendment changed the dollar amount down to $1.

BILLS FOR POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH HAVE HAD PRIOR HEARING.

SB 39 – SoDakLiberty PostsMake an appropriation for costs related to disasters in the state and to declare an emergency.

The Department of Public Safety asked for this bill. This bill passed the Senate Appropriations committee 9-0. It was amended on the Senate floor and passed 33-0. It originally appropriated $7,994,449 for disasters, the Senate appropriation amount changed it to $5,214,003.

This has already been amended once in House Appropriations. Now it appropriates $6,829,400.

SB 52 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise 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. This was amended in Senate Appropriations and passed 6-3. It was then amended on the Senate floor and passed 30-4. I’ll have to listen to this testimony. For some reason I can’t recall what was said about it on the Senate floor.

This bill was amended in House Appropriations to remove all of its amendments. Here is the wording of the amendment that did that:

On the Senate engrossed bill, delete all amendments, thus restoring the bill to the printed version.

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.

The SD Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) asked for this bill. This bill passed Senate Appropriations 8-0 and the Senate floor 25-10. 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. This bill passed Senate Appropriations and the Senate floor without opposition.

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. This was amended in Senate Appropriations and passed 9-0. It then passed the Senate floor without opposition. I haven’t had time to look at all the changes, but so far I haven’t seen any red flags.

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

Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) and Rep Justin Cronin (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors. This was amended by Senate Appropriations from $200,000 down to $1. It then passed the committee 8-0. It was amended on the Senate floor to give it an emergency clause and passed 34-0. This would appropriate funds for the Board of Regents to use for the South Dakota need-based grant fund.

This has already been amended once in House Appropriations. It was amended from the $1 placeholder to $150,000. That is $50,000 short of original amount asked for.

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

Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) and Rep Justin Cronin (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors. This was amended by Senate Appropriations from $200,000 down to $1. It then passed the committee 8-0. It was amended on the Senate floor to give it an emergency clause and passed 34-0. This would appropriate money for the Board of Regents to use for the South Dakota critical teaching needs scholarship program.

This has already been amended once in House Appropriations. It was amended from the $1 placeholder to $150,000. That is $50,000 short of original amount asked for.

SB 106 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Provide funding for the South Dakota technical institutes, to make an appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency.

Sen Corey Brown (R, Dist 23)  and Rep Dan Dryden (R, Dist 34) are the prime sponsors. This was a hoghouse vehicle bill. It was filled with language to provide $1 to the Department of Education to provide additional funding to the South Dakota technical institutes.and also to make an emergency. It passed Senate Appropriations 9-0 and the Senate floor 33-0.

This has already been amended once in House Appropriations. It was once again hoghoused. Now it provides a maintenance and repair fund for tech schools. The emergency clause was dropped. And it no longer seems to directly appropriate any money. Instead unobligated money from the general fund on July 13th can b e placed into this newly created fund. Any money from gifts, grants, or other funds may be deposited in the subfund.

SB 109 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Establish a grant program for adult community residential services designed to reduce the risk of recidivism, to provide a report to the Legislature, and to make an appropriation therefor.

Sen Larry Tidemann (R, Dist 7) and Rep Scott Munsterman (R, Dist 7) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed Senate Appropriations 8-0 after being amended. Before being amended, this bill appropriated $250,000 to fund the alternative care program being created by this bill. In addition, $4,000 of that money can be used for administration of the fund. The amendment changed the appropriated amount down to $1. It passed the Senate floor 30-2.

This has already been amended once in House Appropriations. It was amended from the $1 placeholder to $150,000. Only $100,000 short of original amount asked for.

SB 152 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Make an appropriation for certain costs related to mountain pine beetle suppression and to declare an emergency.

Sen Bruce Rampelberg (R, Dist 30) and Rep Mike Verchio (R, Dist 30) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed Senate Appropriations 8-0 after being amended. This appropriates $1,900,000 to continue the fight against the pine beetles. As usual the bill was amended down to $1 so the bill could advance. The bill passed the Senate floor 32-1.

SB 174 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Make an appropriation for the Ross Shaft at the Sanford Underground Research Facility and to declare an emergency.

The SD Office of the Governor asked for this bill. This bill passed Senate Appropriations 8-0 after being amended. This bill originally appropriated $3,950,000 to the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority for the purposes of making upgrades and improvements to the Ross Shaft at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. As usual the bill was amended down to $1 so the bill could advance, but the actual appropriation amount can be determined later. It then passed the Senate floor 31-2.

This bill was also amended to remove all amendments. That restores the $3,950,000 to be appropriated.

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

Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) and Rep Jacqueline Sly (R, Dist 33) are the prime sponsors. This bill originally appropriated $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.” It was amended down to $1 and given the emergency clause. It passed Senate Appropriations 9-0 and the Senate floor 34-0.

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 bill was amended in Senate Appropriations to put the dollar amounts down to $1 and passed that committee 9-0. It passed the Senate floor 34-0. Here is what the bill originally appropriated:

  • $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.

House Appropriations committee has 14 bills on Fri Mar 6

March 5, 2015 1 comment

walletOn Friday, March 6th, at 8:00 AM the SD House Appropriations committee will take on 14 bills.

SB 99 is the only new addition from the same post for Thurs March 5.

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. This was amended in Senate Appropriations and passed 9-0. It then passed the Senate floor without opposition. I haven’t had time to look at all the changes, but so far I haven’t seen any red flags.

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 bill was amended in Senate Appropriations to put the dollar amounts down to $1 and passed that committee 9-0. It passed the Senate floor 34-0. Here is what the bill originally appropriated:

  • $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 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. This bill was amended in Senate Appropriations and passed 9-0. 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. The amendment changed the dollar amount down to $1.

BILLS FOR POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH HAVE HAD PRIOR HEARING.

SB 152 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Make an appropriation for certain costs related to mountain pine beetle suppression and to declare an emergency.

Sen Bruce Rampelberg (R, Dist 30) and Rep Mike Verchio (R, Dist 30) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed Senate Appropriations 8-0 after being amended. This appropriates $1,900,000 to continue the fight against the pine beetles. As usual the bill was amended down to $1 so the bill could advance. The bill passed the Senate floor 32-1.

SB 52 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise 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. This was amended in Senate Appropriations and passed 6-3. It was then amended on the Senate floor and passed 30-4. I’ll have to listen to this testimony. For some reason I can’t recall what was said about it on the Senate floor.

This bill was amended in House Appropriations to remove all of its amendments. Here is the wording of the amendment that did that:

On the Senate engrossed bill, delete all amendments, thus restoring the bill to the printed version.

SB 174 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Make an appropriation for the Ross Shaft at the Sanford Underground Research Facility and to declare an emergency.

The SD Office of the Governor asked for this bill. This bill passed Senate Appropriations 8-0 after being amended. This bill originally appropriated $3,950,000 to the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority for the purposes of making upgrades and improvements to the Ross Shaft at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. As usual the bill was amended down to $1 so the bill could advance, but the actual appropriation amount can be determined later. It then passed the Senate floor 31-2.

This bill was also amended to remove all amendments. That restores the $3,950,000 to be appropriated.

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

Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) and Rep Jacqueline Sly (R, Dist 33) are the prime sponsors. This bill originally appropriated $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.” It was amended down to $1 and given the emergency clause. It passed Senate Appropriations 9-0 and the Senate floor 34-0.

SB 39 – SoDakLiberty PostsMake an appropriation for costs related to disasters in the state and to declare an emergency.

The Department of Public Safety asked for this bill. This bill passed the Senate Appropriations committee 9-0. It was amended on the Senate floor and passed 33-0. It originally appropriated $7,994,449 for disasters, the Senate appropriation amount changed it to $5,214,003.

This has already been amended once in House Appropriations. Now it appropriates $6,829,400.

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.

The SD Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) asked for this bill. This bill passed Senate Appropriations 8-0 and the Senate floor 25-10. 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. This bill passed Senate Appropriations and the Senate floor without opposition.

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

Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) and Rep Justin Cronin (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors. This was amended by Senate Appropriations from $200,000 down to $1. It then passed the committee 8-0. It was amended on the Senate floor to give it an emergency clause and passed 34-0. This would appropriate funds for the Board of Regents to use for the South Dakota need-based grant fund.

This has already been amended once in House Appropriations. It was amended from the $1 placeholder to $150,000. That is $50,000 short of original amount asked for.

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

Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) and Rep Justin Cronin (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors. This was amended by Senate Appropriations from $200,000 down to $1. It then passed the committee 8-0. It was amended on the Senate floor to give it an emergency clause and passed 34-0. This would appropriate money for the Board of Regents to use for the South Dakota critical teaching needs scholarship program.

This has already been amended once in House Appropriations. It was amended from the $1 placeholder to $150,000. That is $50,000 short of original amount asked for.

SB 106 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Provide funding for the South Dakota technical institutes, to make an appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency.

Sen Corey Brown (R, Dist 23)  and Rep Dan Dryden (R, Dist 34) are the prime sponsors. This was a hoghouse vehicle bill. It was filled with language to provide $1 to the Department of Education to provide additional funding to the South Dakota technical institutes.and also to make an emergency. It passed Senate Appropriations 9-0 and the Senate floor 33-0.

This has already been amended once in House Appropriations. It was once again hoghoused. Now it provides a maintenance and repair fund for tech schools. The emergency clause was dropped. And it no longer seems to directly appropriate any money. Instead unobligated money from the general fund on July 13th can b e placed into this newly created fund. Any money from gifts, grants, or other funds may be deposited in the subfund.

SB 109 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Establish a grant program for adult community residential services designed to reduce the risk of recidivism, to provide a report to the Legislature, and to make an appropriation therefor.

Sen Larry Tidemann (R, Dist 7) and Rep Scott Munsterman (R, Dist 7) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed Senate Appropriations 8-0 after being amended. Before being amended, this bill appropriated $250,000 to fund the alternative care program being created by this bill. In addition, $4,000 of that money can be used for administration of the fund. The amendment changed the appropriated amount down to $1. It passed the Senate floor 30-2.

This has already been amended once in House Appropriations. It was amended from the $1 placeholder to $150,000. Only $100,000 short of original amount asked for.

Senate Commerce and Energy committee has 3 bills on Thurs Mar 5

March 4, 2015 1 comment

1302125802On Thursday, March 5th, at 10:00 AM the SD Senate Commerce and Energy committee will take on 3 bills.

HB 1107 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the definition of certain alcoholic beverages that are classified as cider.

Rep Kristin Conzet (R, Dist 32) and Sen Ried Holien (R, Dist 5) are the prime sponsors. Current law only includes apples in the definition of ciders. This bill would add pears as well. It passed House Commerce 13-0 and the House floor 67-1. It is a good bill that should pass easily.

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) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed House Commerce 11-0 and the House floor 67-3. This is another bill I still need to research to better understand.

HB 1235 – SoDakLiberty PostsUpdate the valuation manual related to the valuation of assets, liabilities, and reserves.

Rep Mark Willadsen (R, Dist 11) and Sen Corey Brown (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors. This bill was amended in House Commerce and passed 11-0. It then was amended on the House floor and passed 66-1. Yep, another bill I somehow kept missing the testimony on.

House Appropriations committee has 15 bills on Thursday Mar 5

March 4, 2015 2 comments

walletOn Thursday, March 5th, at 8:00 AM the SD House Appropriations committee will take on 15 bills.

SB 152 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Make an appropriation for certain costs related to mountain pine beetle suppression and to declare an emergency.

Sen Bruce Rampelberg (R, Dist 30) and Rep Mike Verchio (R, Dist 30) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed Senate Appropriations 8-0 after being amended. This appropriates $1,900,000 to continue the fight against the pine beetles. As usual the bill was amended down to $1 so the bill could advance. The bill passed the Senate floor 32-1.

SB 52 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise 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. This was amended in Senate Appropriations and passed 6-3. It was then amended on the Senate floor and passed 30-4. I’ll have to listen to this testimony. For some reason I can’t recall what was said about it on the Senate 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. This was amended in Senate Appropriations and passed 9-0. It then passed the Senate floor without opposition. I haven’t had time to look at all the changes, but so far I haven’t seen any red flags.

SB 174 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Make an appropriation for the Ross Shaft at the Sanford Underground Research Facility and to declare an emergency.

The SD Office of the Governor asked for this bill. This bill passed Senate Appropriations 8-0 after being amended. This bill originally appropriated $3,950,000 to the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority for the purposes of making upgrades and improvements to the Ross Shaft at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. As usual the bill was amended down to $1 so the bill could advance, but the actual appropriation amount can be determined later. It then passed the Senate floor 31-2.

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

Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) and Rep Jacqueline Sly (R, Dist 33) are the prime sponsors. This bill originally appropriated $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.” It was amended down to $1 and given the emergency clause. It passed Senate Appropriations 9-0 and the Senate floor 34-0.

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

The SD Chief Justice asked for this bill. This bill passed through the Senate without opposition. 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.

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

The SD Chief Justice asked for this bill. This passed Senate Appropriations 7-1 and the Senate floor 31-0. 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 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 bill was amended in Senate Appropriations to put the dollar amounts down to $1 and passed that committee 9-0. It passed the Senate floor 34-0. Here is what the bill originally appropriated:

  • $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.

BILLS FOR POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH HAVE HAD PRIOR HEARING.

SB 39 – SoDakLiberty PostsMake an appropriation for costs related to disasters in the state and to declare an emergency.

The Department of Public Safety asked for this bill. This bill passed the Senate Appropriations committee 9-0. It was amended on the Senate floor and passed 33-0. It originally appropriated $7,994,449 for disasters, the Senate appropriation amount changed it to $5,214,003.

This has already been amended once in House Appropriations. Now it appropriates $6,829,400.

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.

The SD Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) asked for this bill. This bill passed Senate Appropriations 8-0 and the Senate floor 25-10. 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. This bill passed Senate Appropriations and the Senate floor without opposition.

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

Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) and Rep Justin Cronin (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors. This was amended by Senate Appropriations from $200,000 down to $1. It then passed the committee 8-0. It was amended on the Senate floor to give it an emergency clause and passed 34-0. This would appropriate funds for the Board of Regents to use for the South Dakota need-based grant fund.

This has already been amended once in House Appropriations. It was amended from the $1 placeholder to $150,000. That is $50,000 short of original amount asked for.

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

Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) and Rep Justin Cronin (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors. This was amended by Senate Appropriations from $200,000 down to $1. It then passed the committee 8-0. It was amended on the Senate floor to give it an emergency clause and passed 34-0. This would appropriate money for the Board of Regents to use for the South Dakota critical teaching needs scholarship program.

This has already been amended once in House Appropriations. It was amended from the $1 placeholder to $150,000. That is $50,000 short of original amount asked for.

SB 106 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Provide funding for the South Dakota technical institutes, to make an appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency.

Sen Corey Brown (R, Dist 23)  and Rep Dan Dryden (R, Dist 34) are the prime sponsors. This was a hoghouse vehicle bill. It was filled with language to provide $1 to the Department of Education to provide additional funding to the South Dakota technical institutes.and also to make an emergency. It passed Senate Appropriations 9-0 and the Senate floor 33-0.

This has already been amended once in House Appropriations. It was once again hoghoused. Now it provides a maintenance and repair fund for tech schools. The emergency clause was dropped. And it no longer seems to directly appropriate any money. Instead unobligated money from the general fund on July 13th can b e placed into this newly created fund. Any money from gifts, grants, or other funds may be deposited in the subfund.

SB 109 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Establish a grant program for adult community residential services designed to reduce the risk of recidivism, to provide a report to the Legislature, and to make an appropriation therefor.

Sen Larry Tidemann (R, Dist 7) and Rep Scott Munsterman (R, Dist 7) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed Senate Appropriations 8-0 after being amended. Before being amended, this bill appropriated $250,000 to fund the alternative care program being created by this bill. In addition, $4,000 of that money can be used for administration of the fund. The amendment changed the appropriated amount down to $1. It passed the Senate floor 30-2.

This has already been amended once in House Appropriations. It was amended from the $1 placeholder to $150,000. Only $100,000 short of original amount asked for.

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