There are 23 House bills and 21 Senate bills still awaiting the governor’s decisions, according to the statistics kept by the Legislative Research Council. So far, Gov. Dennis Daugaard hasn’t vetoed any legislation. Lawmakers don’t have any bills still unresolved in conference committees. If the governor doesn’t veto at least one bill, will the Legislature need to return for its final business day, March 25? Here is a look at the House the bills on the governor’s desk:
HB 1030 — This is a GFP bonding bill for the Angostura recreation area’s new sewer system and the bank stabilization work at the Cedar Shore marina on the Missouri River at Oacoma. This was a Daugaard administration proposal.
HB 1033 — Demolition and rehabilitation of various buildings at the Human Services Center complex at Yankton. This was a Daugaard administration proposal. He told legislators he visited the buildings.
HB 1045 — Authority for the secretary of revenue to develop new rules regarding bank franchise taxes and their distribution. This began as a Daugaard administration and the original formats of those plans had banking officials scratching their heads. Some are still scratching their heads about what they view as an open door for a non-elected member of the Cabinet to impose rules that will be subject only to the review of a six-member legislative rules panel.
HB 1060 — This is the package of revisions for the current fiscal 2013 budget. The final product seemed to carry the agreement of the governor’s budget office and most of the legislators in both chambers.
HB 1068 — This is a cleanup piece of municipal government-process legislation.
HB 1085 — The final version of this bingo legislation would allow an applicant to give notice to an administrative official. That would be in addition to the current law that says the notice shall go to the elected body.
HB 1096 — This is a hoghouse that Sen. Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell, put together with the backing of state Supreme Court Chief Justice and the State Bar Association to provide a post-graduation payback of 90 percent of law-school tuition for lawyers who move into under-served rural counties (10,000 population or less). It would cover 16 lawyers.
HB 1098 — This brings the four public technical institutes into alignment regarding bonding practices and puts new safeguards in place. It also approves bonding expansion for Western Dakota Tech at Rapid City and Southeast Tech at Sioux Falls.
HB 1122 — This puts new requirements including availability of adequate reserves into place for county governments that self-insure.
HB 1123 — This adds another surcharge, this time $1, to most hunting licenses, with the revenue to be used for an expansion of predator control by GFP. It also authorizes an internal budget move for GFP to advance itself $160,000 to get started on the expansion as soon as possible, with the money to be repaid as hunting licenses are purchased this fall.
HB 1130 — This is a rewrite of some of the current definitions regarding bail bonds.
HB 1137 — This is the one-time boosts of funding to K-12 schools including about $5.8 million for general enrollment support, plus $200,000 to the four tech schools and $250,000 in support for the Teach for America program. This was one of the bills that came zipping through in the final week without a public hearing in either chamber.
HB 1164 — This is a one-time boost of $500,000 for K-12 schools to use for classroom innovation grants. It is another of the bills that came zipping through in the final week without a public hearing in either chamber.
HB 1165 — This is a whopper of a bill that many people, including probably every news reporter at the Capitol including me, forgot to notice. It authorizes the Legislature’s existing task force on agricultural land assessments to expand into a new area of study. The task force would be able to make recommendations regarding agricultural property’s support of schools through the general-education levy and take into account other taxes already being paid on ag property. (I did cover the issue during discussions of several other education-tax bills. I didn’t catch this amendment.)
HB 1168 — This authorizes county commissions to increase their predator-control levies on sheep and cattle. It’s a companion to the hunting-license surcharge increase in HB 1123. Both came from Rep. Betty Olson, R-Prairie City.
HB 1171 — This makes some important small changes in state bankruptcy laws so that health aids professionally prescribed to the debtor or family members aren’t subject to seizure or forced sale. It also expands somewhat the amount of money that isn’t subject.
HB 1184 — This is for GFP projects for the Mickelson Trail connector to Mount Rushmore, the new visitor center at Custer State Park and the nature area at the new Good Earth State Park south of Sioux Falls in Lincoln County. This was a Daugaard administration proposal.
HB 1185 — This is the general appropriations bill for the fiscal 2014 budget year that starts July 1, 2013,
HB 1198 — This is an interesting little bill that clarifies Opportunity scholarship recipients who get their bachelor degree in less than four years can use the remaining funds to attend graduate school.
HB 1212 — This increases legislators’ per-diem by $13, from $110 to $123 for next session, and links it to the IRS rate in years after. The bill came from Rep. David Novstrup, R-Aberdeen. This might be a target for a veto, depending upon how the governor reads the South Dakota Constution’s Article 12, Section 3, which states “nor shall the compensation of any public officer increased or diminished during his term of office” except in instances of insurrection or repelling invasion. This barely made it through the Senate, 18-15, with no votes to spare, and its House margin wasn’t much stronger on a 39-29 vote. Neither is close to the two-thirds majorities needed to override a veto.
HB 1220 — This allows use of golf carts in state parks and recreation areas under certain restrictions.
HB 1233 — This provides limited immunity for voluntary provision of medical services under certain circumstances.
HB 1234 — This attempts to cut back somewhat the public-nuisance exemption currently provided to public shooting ranges.
We’ll look at the Senate bills remaining in our next post.
UPDATE: Here are the Senate bills.
SB 5 — Now in its sixth version this bill would establish a process for reviewing the state university system and recommending funding increases. A new council would be created.
SB 15 — This bill, also now in its sixth version, would expand the uses of special education funding to cover additional students. It also increases the levy for special education from $1.40 per $1,000 of property value to $1.552. The tax increase came from the Daugaard administration.
SB 28 — This adjusts the general-education tax levies upward on owner-occupied homes and commercial property and provides a decrease for agricultural property, in correspondence to the growth in K-12 student enrollment and the relative growth of each class of property. These adjustments came from the Daugaard administration.
SB 39 — Juvenile offenders younger than 18 at the time of their crime wouldn’t receive a death sentence.
sB 51 — Sets the new format for retail businesses to receive a collection allowance for collecting and remitting sales taxes.
SB 59 — Sets criteria that would prohibit importing of waste from oil and gas fields.
SB 76 — Provides longer period to spend money previously appropriated for the Ellsworth Air Force Base authority.
SB 84 — Establishes the South Dakota Athletic Commission to oversee boxing, mixed martial arts, kickboxing and sparring.
SB 90 — Makes changes in the 2012 and 2013 appropriations legislation.
SB 106 — Prohibits young drivers from using a hand-held communication device while operating a vehicle. It would be a secondary offense, meaning they would need to be stopped for some other reason in order to be penalized. It would apply to holders of instruction and restricted minor’s permits.
SB 115 — Increases fertilizer fees to fund a new center for nutrient research.
SB 143 — Adds tourist attractions to the four other business groups allowed to have directional signs along interstate rights of way.
SB 186 — Establishes Good Earth State Park in Lincoln County south of Sioux Falls. The site currently is known as Blood Run.
SB 195 — Revises distribution of wind-energy tax revenues, with school districts getting 50 percent, townships getting 15 percent and counties getting 35 percent from each tower located in their jurisdiction.
SB 198 – Loosens qualifications for the governor’s appointees to the Judicial Qualifications Commission and gives the State Bar commissioners the approval power for their appointees rather than the bar president.
SB 200 — Campaign finance reporting loosened so independent expenditures under $100 are exempt.
SB 206 — Clarifies worker compensation for law enforcement officers assisting in other jurisdictions.
SB 223 — Clarifies that open-meeting laws apply only to actions involving duties defined in law for the Public Utilities Commission.
SB 235 — Creates the Building South Dakota fund and processes for economic and community development.
SB 236 — Funding for expansion of information systems and cyber-security programs at Dakota State University.