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.
The House Transportation Committee approves a bill banning bus drivers from using cell phones while driving. House Bill 1109 has a penalty of a class 2 misdemeanor for drivers who violate the rule. That could mean a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail. The bill moves to the South Dakota State House floor on an 11-2 vote.