Feb. 7 South Dakota Legislative Billwatch

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Pierre1These are some of the more noteworthy bills which will be considered by the South Dakota Legislature today.  They include the state aid to education formula, privacy protections in the education system, tobacco regulation, parental rights, abortion, and a waiting period before adopting new education standards.

Three bills dealing with calling an Article V Constitutional Convention will be heard in the House State Affairs Committee today. They are HJR 1004 and HJR 1005, as well as HB 1136. These bills in toto seek to petition congress in accordance with Article V of the U.S. Constitution to call a constitutional convention for the purpose of crafting a balanced budget amendment.

I discussed some of the problem areas with these bills yesterday and you can read that here. I also made these concerns known to the members of the State Affairs Committee and the prime sponsors of these bills in both houses of the legislature. I spoke last night with Senator Larry Rhoden, one of the sponsors, and while he is sensitive to some of those concerns, he believes the road we are on isn’t working and something must be done to avert financial disaster for our country.

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Date Committee/Chamber Bill Title
2/7
7:45 AM
House Education HB 1002 revise the state aid to general education formula to include an adjustment for certain school districts that increase the length of the school term.
2/7
7:45 AM
House State Affairs HB 1136 limit the authority of delegates to a limited Article V convention to vote for unauthorized amendments contrary to legislative instructions and to provide a civil fine for the violation thereof.
2/7
7:45 AM
House State Affairs HJR 1004 Making formal application to Congress to call a limited constitutional convention for the sole purpose of proposing a federal balanced budget amendment.
2/7
7:45 AM
House Education SB 63 protect the privacy of the records of individual students.
2/7
8:00 AM
Senate Appropriations SB 37 revise the state aid to general education formula.
2/7
8:00 AM
Senate Appropriations SB 38 revise the state aid to special education formula.
2/7
10:00 AM
Senate State Affairs SB 51 revise certain provisions regarding the regulation of tobacco.
2/7
10:00 AM
Senate State Affairs SB 148 ensure that parents may direct the rearing of their children without undue governmental infringement.
2/7
1:00 PM
House of Representatives HB 1158 provide medical care for certain unborn children.
2/7
1:00 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.
2/7
1:00 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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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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