South Dakota Legislative Billwatch Feb. 9, 2015

Phil Jensen

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SD_senateThese are some of the important bills being considered by the South Dakota Legislature today.

HB 1108 seems to be similar to some concealed carry bills we’ve seen in the last couple of years–the kind our “Republican” supermajority likes to kill, kick around, and sometimes for our “Republican” governor to veto. The bill would make it legal for an adult South Dakotan to carry a firearm concealed without a permit in our state. Who would have thought a pro-gun bill would be so hard to pass in a conservative state with a Republican supermajority in the legislature and a Republican governor?

HJR 1002 seeks a presidential pardon for Peter Larson whose team found in 1990 the tyrannosaurus fossil Sue.

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SB 81 seeks a $50 fine from those convicted of DUI.

HB 1079 would tighten reporting requirements of the state regarding abortions.

I’m not sure exactly what the angle on HB 1160 is, but it requires a criminal “to undergo a mental examination prior to any sentence imposed after a defendant is found guilty but mentally ill.”  Since this is being sponsored by a bunch of liberals from both parties, and since some of those same liberals are pushing a repeal of the death penalty in South Dakota, I suspect it has something to do with going easy on convicted criminals, if not the death penalty repeal directly.

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Speaking of being soft on crimianls, SB 112 considers it urgent for convicted felons to get their voting rights back.  We’re used to Democrats falling all over themselves to make life as wonderful as possible for convicted criminals, but again, who would have thought about “Republicans” sponsoring such a bill in a “Republican” supermajority legislature?

SB 169 is the bill we’ve seen coming up over the past few years in our “Republican” supermajority legislature seeking to give taxpayer-funded government health care benefits to pregnant illegal aliens. Apparently we don’t have enough illegal aliens in our country creating anchor babies, rather than deport illegal aliens when we find out about them, our “Republican” supermajority legislature considers it of paramount importance to force the taxpayers to pay for health care for them.

HB 1089 is the female genital mutilation bill which passed the House Health and Human Services Committee 12-0 and is now up for consideration in the full House.

Finally, HB 1155 seeks to provide more information to a pregnant mother whose child tests positive for Down syndrome.

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Date Committee/Chamber Bill Title
2/9
7:45 AM
House State Affairs HB 1108 authorize concealed carry of a pistol or revolver without a permit to carry a concealed pistol.
2/9
7:45 AM
House State Affairs HB 1116 repeal and revise certain provisions relating to the requirements for a permit to carry a concealed pistol.
2/9
7:45 AM
House State Affairs HJR 1002 making a formal application to the President of the United States, that the President grant a presidential pardon to Peter L. Larson.
2/9
7:45 AM
Senate Local Government SB 81 require persons convicted of driving a vehicle while under influence of alcohol, drugs, or intoxicants to pay certain costs to the county.
2/9
10:00 AM
Senate Health and Human Services HB 1079 revise the deadline for the Department of Health’s annual report regarding abortions.
2/9
10:00 AM
House Judiciary HB 1160 require a defendant to undergo a mental examination prior to any sentence imposed after a defendant is found guilty but mentally ill.
2/9
10:00 AM
Senate State Affairs SB 112 revise certain provisions regarding voting rights of a person convicted of a felony.
2/9
10:00 AM
Senate Health and Human Services SB 169 provide medical care for certain unborn children.
2/9
2:00 PM
Senate HB 1058 revise certain provisions regarding contagious disease control quarantine measures.
2/9
2:00 PM
Senate HB 1059 allow authorized entities to access immunization information in certain circumstances.
2/9
2:00 PM
House of Representatives HB 1089 ban the practice of female genital mutilation in the state, to provide a penalty therefor, and to declare an emergency.
2/9
2:00 PM
House of Representatives HB 1155 require that information be provided to a pregnant mother whose child tests positive for Down syndrome.

 

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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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