South Dakota Legislative Billwatch, Jan. 20, 2016

South_Dakota_HouseThese (below) are some of the bills in the South Dakota Legislature that we’re watching at American Clarion. These are scheduled for hearings and votes on Jan. 20.

Not having a lot of background information available yet on these bills, we’re not taking a position on these bills, but given their nature, they have the potential to be important.

HB 1001 calls for South Dakota to pull out of the Midwestern Regional Higher Education Compact. What little I could find on it indicates this is a multi-state compact, and while the state contributes dues for membership in the compact, we gain little from it.  Wouldn’t it be nice to see state government stop wasting money, even if it’s only a small amount?

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HB 1006 would authorize counties to impose sales and use taxes.  I haven’t heard much about the impact of this one either and since the sponsors include some people I trust, and some I don’t, consider this one “one to watch.”

HB 1002 already passed the Local Government Committee yesterday on a 13-0 vote, and is scheduled to be considered by the full House today. The language/requirement being removed from statute requires that the “undesignated fund balance of the general fund of the county as of March thirty-first and September thirtieth shall be published in the minutes of the proceedings of the board of county commissioners and reported to the Department of Legislative Audit. The report shall be on forms prescribed by the Department of Legislative Audit.”

Bills are slowly being added to the rolls in the South Dakota legislature, with several more “interesting” ones expected later this week.

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Always keep an eye on what your government is doing.  As our nation’s founding document indicates, government derives its just power from the consent of the governed.  You can’t very well give your informed consent if you don’t stay informed on what your government is doing.  And if you keep yourself ignorant and quiet, your silence will be taken as consent.

As Thomas Jefferson said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

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Date Committee/Chamber Bill Title
8:30 AM
House State Affairs HB 1001 repeal the Midwestern Regional Higher Education Compact.
8:30 AM
House State Affairs HB 1006 authorize counties to impose sales and use taxes.
2:00 PM
House of Representatives HB 1002 eliminate certain reporting requirements for the county general fund.

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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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