South Dakota Legislative Update, Feb. 23, 2012

These bills that American Clarion has been monitoring during the 2012 South Dakota legislative session saw action yesterday:

  • HB 1254 revise certain provisions pertaining to the decision of a pregnant mother considering termination of her relationship with her child by an abortion, to establish certain procedures to insure that such decisions are voluntary, uncoerced, and informed, and to revise certain causes of action for professional negligence relating to performance of an abortion; passed by the Health and Human Services committee, YEAS 6, NAYS 1.
  • HB 1187 exempt health care sharing ministries from the provisions of the health insurance code; passed by the Health and Human Services committee, YEAS 6, NAYS 0
  • SB 192 make appropriations for the purpose of one-time increases in education and health care funding; passed by the Appropriations committee, YEAS 9, NAYS 0.

These bills are ones American Clarion has been monitoring during the 2012 South Dakota legislative session which are scheduled for action in the next couple of days:

02/23/2012 7:45 AM Senate Judiciary HB 1052 grant discretion to the court with regard to personal appearances in certain adoption appearances.
02/23/2012 7:45 AM Senate Judiciary HB 1132 prohibit businesses and employers from establishing certain policies against the ability of an invitee or employee to store firearms and ammunition in a locked motor vehicle parked on the premises.
02/23/2012 7:45 AM Senate Judiciary HB 1253 prohibit the judicial enforcement of any religious codes.
02/23/2012 2:00 PM Senate HB 1187 exempt health care sharing ministries from the provisions of the health insurance code.
02/23/2012 2:00 PM Senate HB 1254 revise certain provisions pertaining to the decision of a pregnant mother considering termination of her relationship with her child by an abortion, to establish certain procedures to insure that such decisions are voluntary, uncoerced, and informed, and to revise certain causes of action for professional negligence relating to performance of an abortion.
02/23/2012 2:00 PM House of Representatives HB 1263 provide for mandatory HIV testing for any person convicted of prostitution or solicitation of prostitution and to provide for appropriate utilization of the test results.
02/23/2012 2:00 PM Senate SB 42 revise certain provisions regarding habeas corpus.
02/23/2012 2:00 PM House of Representatives SB 192 make appropriations for the purpose of one-time increases in education and health care funding.
02/24/2012 7:45 AM House Education SB 130 require the school board of each school district to adopt a policy prohibiting bullying.
02/24/2012 7:45 AM House State Affairs SB 175 increase the number of video lottery machines that may be placed in a licensed establishment.
02/24/2012 10:00 AM Senate State Affairs HB 1133 establish the Legislature’s Planning Committee.
02/24/2012 10:00 AM Senate Health and Human Services HB 1185 prohibit all qualified health plans offered through a health care exchange from including abortion coverage.
02/24/2012 10:00 AM Senate State Affairs HB 1248 provide for exceptions from certain misdemeanor offenses relating to possession of handguns.
02/24/2012 10:00 AM Senate Health and Human Services HB 1255 prohibit the enforcement of surrogacy arrangements.
02/24/2012 10:00 AM Senate Health and Human Services HB 1266 reduce the period of time necessary to cure and validate certain adoption proceedings.
02/24/2012 10:00 AM Senate State Affairs HJR 1007 Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election an amendment to Article XII of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to a balanced budget.

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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