2019 S.D. Legislature: Week 8

By: 
Rep. Steve Haugaard, District 10
PIERRE – Monday, Feb. 25, was “Cross-Over Day” here in the Legislature. The House of Representatives worked late into the evening to meet our obligation to get the “House” bills over to the Senate.  
On “Cross-Over Day” the House of Representatives passed 14 bills: 
• HB 1090 – repeal certain provisions regarding the exercise of certain powers over certain property; 
• HB 1219 – revise certain provisions regarding surplus line insurance; 
• HB 1272 – provide for remote notarization; 
• HB 1093 – establish legal standards applicable to petition challenges; 
• HB 1209 – revise certain provisions regarding tobacco products; 
• HB 1251 – License out-of-state multi-jurisdictional totalizator hubs and distribute source market fees to the special racing revolving fund and the South Dakota-bred racing fund; 
• HJR 1001 – Proposing and submitting to the voters at the next general election an amendment to the Constitution of the State of South Dakota regarding appointments to fill legislative vacancies; 
• HB 1084 – provide for specific classification of affordable housing structures for purposes of taxation; 
• HB 1130 – Revise provisions regarding certain Class 2 misdemeanors; 
• HB 1132 – Revise certain provisions regarding the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse; 
• HB 1193 – provide a criminal penalty for causing an abortion against a pregnant mother’s will; 
• HB 1195 – revise provisions regarding juvenile justice; 
• HB 1177 – require the performance of a sonogram prior to an abortion; and 
• HB 1265 – revise provisions regarding certain tax rates.
I sponsored the Involuntary Commitment bill (HB 1132), which passed last Monday, but we will be working to improve the Bill and bring it back next session with broader support. In the interim there has been an agreement to take action on this issue within the next 30 days. The plan going forward is to immediately advise law enforcement officers across the state of currently available options and to then distribute informational materials they can use as they encounter calls that touch on this type of problem. There will also be meetings with the counties and affected agencies to ensure that the pressing problems are adequately handled pending any changes to the law.  
On Feb. 26, the House of Representatives passed 12 bills: 
• SB 75 – revise certain provisions regarding who is eligible to serve as a candidate in the event of a vacancy;
• SB 76 – allow a candidate for legislative or county office to be considered for nomination to statewide office;
• SB 77 – revise provisions regarding candidates running for office; 
• SB 90 – revise provisions regarding certain financial interest statements filed by persons elected to state or local office; 
• SB 45 – revise the provisions regarding the filing of a statement of additional issues on appeal in certain contested cases; 
• SB 143 – revise visitation rights of a person causing conception by rape or incest; 
• SB 18 – update certain references to federal laws and regulations regarding pipeline safety inspections and to increase the maximum civil penalty for certain pipeline safety violations; 
• HB 1212 – make an appropriation to fund the industrial hemp licensure program and to declare an emergency; SB 78 – exempt certain medical providers from licensure; 
• SB 84 – authorize the possession and administration of opioid antagonists by school district and nonpublic school personnel; 
We also voted on: 
• SB 40 – authorize the transfer of certain real property to the Animal Industry Board; and 
• SB 43 – redirect funding to a collaborative program in rural veterinary medical education and to provide tax revenue for the support of veterinary students. 
On Feb. 27, the House of Representatives passed thirteen bills: 
• SB 121 – revise certain provisions regarding manufacturers’ warranties for motor vehicles to include all-terrain vehicles; 
• SB 70 – revise certain provisions regarding hospital liens; 
• SB 85 – revise the deadline for the Department of Health’s annual report regarding abortions; 
• HB 1256 – make an appropriation to fund tax refunds for elderly persons and persons with a disability, to revise the income eligibility requirements for property and sales tax refunds, and to declare an emergency; 
• SB 63 – increase the penalty for a subsequent conviction for trespass to hunt, fish, or trap; 
• SB 154 – authorize the production and transport of saltwater crustaceans; 
• SB 72 – provide for a form a physician must use to obtain consent to an abortion; 
• SB 100 – reduce the number of petition signatures required for conservation district supervisor elections; 
• SB 73 – revise qualifications for sanitary district trustees; 
• SB 53 – authorize certain retailers to offer quantity discounts or cash discounts for the purchase of alcoholic beverages; 
• SB 113 – provide that certain information contained within applications for money lending licenses are public records; 
• SB 55 – require the national motto of the United States to be displayed in public schools; and 
• SB 64 – require certain wind energy facilities to include aircraft detection lighting systems.
On Feb. 28, the House of Representatives passed six bills: 
• SB 61 – provide certain provisions regarding nursing facility closures; 
• SB 92 – revise certain provisions regarding the signature requirements for municipal elections; 
• SB 98 – repeal the sunset of a wine manufacturer license; 
• SB 163 – revise certain provisions regarding jury lists; 
• SCR 11 – requesting that the President of the United States designate a single state funeral be held upon the death of the last living identifiable veteran from World War II; 
• SB 114 – attribute campaign contributions by certain minors to their parents. 
Upon completion of the calendar day, legislators finished up week eight of the 2019 South Dakota Legislative Session.
The bills mentioned above have a descriptive title, but you can go to the Legislative Research Council website to take a closer look at what the bill actually says and there you can also hear the testimony of the proponents and the opponents of the bill. If a bill makes it out of the committee and to the House floor you will be able to see how each of us voted on the bills and probably hear some of the explanation as to why we voted for or against each bill. The archived testimony and floor debate are available at any time on the Legislative Research Council website found at https://sdlegislature.gov/
Again, thank you for following the progress of the annual legislative session and thank you for your insights in regard to any of the bills we are considering. Be sure to contact me with questions you might have. I try to respond to anyone from Districts 10 and 25, so please note that on the subject line of your email.  Steven.Haugaard@sdlegislature.gov

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