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Statehouse is a daily wrap-up of activity at the South Dakota State Legislature in Pierre hosted by SDPB Radio reporters.

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Legislature wants final say in any major expansions to Medicaid.

Senate Judiciary passes a bill that increases the punishment for drug dealers when a person dies as a direct result of using the substance they sold.

Revenues of more than $18 million than projected in tax receipts. Governor is cautiously optimistic about the numbers. 

A House Committee is passing legislation that removes collective bargaining for the state's public universities.

The House Education Committee is debating free speech for student journalists.

HB1241 imposes a yearly fee for driving electric and hybrid vehicles.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will wait to take action on a bill that stiffens penalties for meth use and distribution. Attorney General Marty Jackley says tougher penalties are needed to get a handle on meth abuse in the state.

HB1104 Revises provisions regarding the arrest of victims of domestic abuse.

Lawmakers debate requiring paid sick days each year. Measure fails.

Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is moving a bill forward that changes an eligibility requirement to serve on the Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

House Judiciary committee is passing legislation to increase penalties for those who pay money for sex. HB1110 adds that a person convicted of one or more violations within a decade is a Class 6 felony.

 

The South Dakota House of Representatives passed HB1008 that allows officials to adjust speed limits due to weather conditions and road work.

The House Education Committee is considering a bill that requires open-enrolled students to alert their resident school district if they plan on returning for the next school year.

South Dakota lawmakers must regularly update controlled substance statutes in order to follow federal regulations. SB32 contains several updates.

HJR1001 passes House and removes authority for lawmakers to set their own pay.

Speaker of the House wants voters to decide whether legislators should get a pay increase.

A bill on the senate floor streamlines the licensing process for mental health and other counselors moving to South Dakota from other states. HB1040 grants licenses to counselors based on years of experience if in good standing.

Lawmakers are weighing the issue of a mother's privacy over her infant's health.

 

The Senate State Affairs Committee advances bills around voter registration; resolving language of voter approved initiated measures or constitutional amendments;  and reinforcing campaign funding limits.

South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture says he's paying attention to the budget and the ag economy. A new study reveals the economy remains slow in rural parts of the state. 

SDSU President plans to move forward with a precision agriculture facility. The governor says the budget is tight to make that happen.

A national group that advocates for state legislatures provided training centered on ethics, code of conduct and sexual harassment.

The House Judiciary Committee approves a bill adding several violent crimes to a list for parole calculation.

House Health and Human Services Committee is advancing a measure that allows counselors and therapists who hold licenses from other states to get a South Dakota license.

U.S. Education SEcretary Betsy DeVos approves South Dakota's plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

 

Jason Hancock, Director of South Dakota Legislative Research Council discusses changes and the role of the LRC.

The South Dakota House of Representatives is passing a bill that gives the LRC more time to draft and provide written comments for ballot measure petitions.

House STate Affairs Committee debates a bill creating a Citizens Initiative Review Commission.

 

The state wants to catch and prosecute any fraudulent gamblers and cheaters in Deadwood. Larry Eliason, Executive Secretary for South Dakota Commision on Gaming says there's a gap in state law.

The House State Affairs committee is passing a bill that seeks to clear up any confusion surrounding ballot measure questions. One critic says the change creates a system where a yes vote means no and vice versa.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says he wants legislation designed to restrict the supply of methamphetamine in South Dakota.  Jackley says there's a nationwide meth epidemic, and South Dakota lawmakers have a chance to lessen its effects in the state. 

South Dakota’s State Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson is pointing to the success of drug courts in reducing recidivism.  During his annual State of the Judiciary speech, Gilbertson called for similar courts for veterans and mental health.

Republicans in the South Dakota Legislature will consider several issues as part of their 2018 agenda. They hold a super majority in both the State House and Senate. House Majority Leader Lee Qualm of Platte says balancing the budget is at the top of the list. State Democrats want to advance legislation on campaign finance reform and economic development on Native American reservations in this year's session. 

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard delivers his final State of the State address to a joint session of lawmakers. He discusses workforce development, teacher salaries and extending the Open Waters Compromise.

Protesters in South Dakota face new penalties if lawmakers can agree on a final version of Senate Bill 176. The protest bill started out with specific safety zones and an emergency clause. Lawmakers amended the bill as it moved through the capitol.

South Dakota lawmakers want the governor to approve a bill that offers limited immunity to people in drug overdose emergencies.  House Bill 1082 protects a person from drug prosecution when they call authorities to help someone in serious danger of overdosing.

The House Transportation Committee has approved two bills to allow new Native American design options on license plates. Senate Bill 73 provides a special plate for Native American veterans. Supporters say this allows Native Americans to denote their tribe and their military service. Senate Bill 118 allows for special plates to have the depiction of the new Dignity statue.The House Transportation Committee also passed a motorcycle license plate policy revision. The bill offers motorcyclists a choice of how they display their license plates.

The Senate Taxation Committee has deferred a pay raise bill. The measure increases pay to certain care providers. Senate Bill 169 puts an extra $15 property tax per $100,000 home value. The revenue contributes to raising community care providers wage from under $11 to over $16 an hour. Community care providers aid individuals with various mental and physical disabilities with everyday tasks and treatment.

The Senate Commerce and Energy Committee has deferred a maternity leave bill to the 41st day. Senate Bill 150 provides up to four weeks of paid maternity leave.  Mothers earn one week of paid leave for every year of full time work.

South Dakota’s House of Representatives supports a change in the state’s penalty for abortion. House Bill 1101 makes it a felony  to perform or attempt to perform an abortion when the fetus can feel pain. Right now that’s a misdemeanor. State law says a fetus feels pain at 20 weeks. The measure includes an exception for medical emergencies. 

South Dakota’s Republican Party has a new chair. 

The Senate Local Government Committee approves a bill on the process of amending the South Dakota Constitution. Senate Joint Resolution Two requires that all amendments have the support of 60% of voters. Right now, only a majority is needed to ratify an amendment.

Governor Dennis Daugaard gets to decide whether certain medical professionals must collaborate with doctors for licensing. Right now certified nurse practitioners and nurse midwives must have an official connection to a physician to get their own licenses. 

A measure that requires South Dakota high schools teach students CPR is on its way to the Senate floor. The Health and Human Service Committee passed Senate Bill 140 unanimously.

Members of a Statehouse panel are not requiring a private school scholarship fund to make donors’ names public. The House Education committee voted to kill House Bill 1125.

The House State Affairs Committee voted unanimously for a bill that creates a technical education board. The bill follows approval on Amendment R.  

The House Taxation Committee stops a bill to end the latest discussion on the state food tax. The Legislature has denied similar bills in past years. House Bill 1119 removes the state tax on food for home consumption. The bill was defeated on an 11 to three vote.

A package of legislation designed to address mental health issues in criminal justice has been presented to the legislature in Pierre. House Bill 1183 is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. Chief Justice David Gilbertson has led the effort to reduce recidivism and increase services to mentally ill people who often end up in jail. In Rapid City, Mayor Steve Allender has tackled the lack of services for the city’s mentally ill population.

Governor Dennis Daugaard signed a bill  that adds electronic devices to the state’s wiretapping laws. More specifically, Daugaard says the bill allows law enforcement to monitor cell phone calls.

The House Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 26 to improve how the state notifies crime victims. The proposal streamlines the automated system in charge of notifications.

The Senate State Affairs Committee is bringing a lobbying bill to the full Senate.  The bill allows tribal elected officials the opportunity to speak in meetings without having to register as lobbyists.  

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed House Bill 1069. This is the repeal and revision of certain provisions related to campaign finance and to declare an emergency. 

A bill supported by Democrats in the South Dakota legislature eliminates the state sales tax on food. State Representative Ray Ring from Vermillion sponsors House Bill 1119. He says the change will help people with lower incomes.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the first bill of the 2017 Legislative Session into law. House Bill 1006 clarifies the timeline for posting notices for public meetings.

Amazon is now collecting sales tax from South Dakota residents. The Seattle-based company had been slow to collect sales taxes in small and sparsely populated states where it doesn't have a facility. Officials say the agreement with Amazon will help the state meet revenue goals.

The state Senate has approved a bill that sets up a new board to oversee South Dakota's four technical institutes.

The State House Committee for Agriculture and Natural Resources has passed a bill that changes the way landowners can use hunting permits. The bill allows landowners to transfer those permits in certain circumstances. 

The Senate Education Committee will not hear testimony or vote on the latest version of a transgender bathroom bill. 

Representative Don Haggar says the Indian Health Service needs help and is requesting an audit by the Federal General Accounting Office.

A bill to equal parenting time for divorced couples assumes both parents have equal rights and responsibilities for joint custody. The measure is moving through the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The South Dakota Senate delays vote on measure to repeal Initiated Measure 22.

Governor Dennis Daugaard supports the efforts to repeal I-M 22. 

By a single vote, the State Senate Education Committee will have the full senate look at a bill that exempts teachers from penalties for teaching scientific theories that aren’t necessarily based on fact.

Some South Dakota lawmakers want to loosen regulations on nursing home beds. One measure allows nursing homes to move certain beds within organizations…or sell them. 

Eighth-District State Representative Matthew Wollman has resigned his seat, days after admitting to sexual contact with two Legislative interns. Governor Daugaard says it's the right move and he'll work to appoint replacement.

President Donald Trump has nominated South Dakota School of Mines President Dr. Heather Wilson as Secretary of Air Force. Wilson graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1982, worked under President George H. W. Bush on National Security Council, and represented New Mexico in the US House for 11 years. 

A proposal to add electronic devices to the state’s wiretapping laws probably won’t be used much in the future.

The House Commerce and Energy Committee has approved a measure dealing with renewable energy. House Bill 12-10 expands protection for citizens from energy companies. The bill adds solar power to an existing law dealing with land owner protections.

After a slow start lawmakers expect issues to pick up from legislation dealing with IM-22 to a new animal diagnostic lab at SDSU. 

The State Senate will revisit a bill that failed to become law a year ago.  Senate Bill 24 re-classifies Vehicular Homicide as a violent crime. The Rapid City Chamber will change the question and answer format of its Legislative crackerbarrel sessions. More than 14 million people traveled to South Dakota for recreational purposes in 2016.

A Senate committee is no longer considering banning lobbyists from an adjacent hallway to the Senate chambers; but reserve the right to bring it back if there's a problem. Unmanned aircraft don't need to register according to the Senate Transportation Committee. Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill will not run for re-election. Gill also serves as head of state Bureau of Human Resources. Lawmakers are forming a special commission to investigate a fellow member for alleged sexual contact with a legislative intern during previous sessions.

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