When the body of a people are altogether corrupt in their manners, the government is ripe for dissolution. Good laws may hold the rotten bark some longer together, but in a little time all laws must give way to the tide of popular opinion, and be laid prostrate under universal practice. Hence it clearly follows that the teachers and rulers of every religious denomination are bound mutually to each other, and to the whole society, to watch over the manners of their several members. — John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration of Independence, “The Works of the Rev. John Witherspoon”, (Edinburgh: J. Ogle, 1815), Vol. IV, pp. 266-267, from “A Sermon Delivered at a Public Thanksgiving after Peace”

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Feb. 10 South Dakota Legislative Billwatch

February 10, 2014   ·   By   ·   0 Comments

SD_HouseThese are some of the more interesting and controversial bills which will be considered in the South Dakota Legislature today.

In HB 1117, we have a bill to restrict the posting of Gun Free Zone signs in public buildings (perhaps because they are akin to slapping a “kick me” sign on your back…or worse yet, a “shoot me” sign).

There is also a South Dakota term limits bill, HJR 1003, under consideration today.

HB 1158 to provide taxpayer funded health care to pregnant illegal aliens is up for a vote in the full House today; recall that last year it passed the full House and wasn’t stopped until it got to the state Senate.

There are also bills dealing with education standards, Common Core, and domestic crimes.

If you’d like to voice your opinion and/or concerns about any of these bills to the legislators, you can email them here or look up their phone numbers here. YOU can make a difference in YOUR government.

Date Committee/Chamber Bill Title
2/10
7:45 AM
House State Affairs HB 1117 restrict the posting of Gun Free Zone signs in public buildings.
2/10
7:45 AM
House State Affairs HJR 1003 Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election an amendment to Article III, section 6 of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, to revise term limits for legislators.
2/10
10:00 AM
House Judiciary HB 1177 restrict the regulation by local governments of distracted or inattentive driving.
2/10
2:00 PM
House of Representatives HB 1158 provide medical care for certain unborn children.
2/10
2:00 PM
House of Representatives HB 1180 provide that no entity that places children for adoption or performs abortions may be registered as a pregnancy help center.
2/10
2:00 PM
Senate HCR 1010 Requesting the Committee on Government Operations and Audit to conduct hearings relating to the operations of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
2/10
2:00 PM
Senate SB 2 provide for the delayed arrest, under certain circumstances, in regard to certain outstanding warrants for victims of domestic abuse with minor children.
2/10
2:00 PM
Senate SB 4 ensure notice to the respondent and opportunity for the respondent to be heard prior to enforcement of certain foreign domestic protection orders.
2/10
2:00 PM
Senate SB 6 establish the crime of committing certain acts of domestic abuse in the presence of a minor child.
2/10
2:00 PM
Senate SB 7 modify the persons eligible for protection from domestic abuse and to revise certain terminology.
2/10
2:00 PM
House of Representatives SB 64 require a waiting period prior to the adoption of new uniform content standards and to provide for an opportunity for public comment for all new content standards.

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