South Dakota Legislative Billwatch, Feb. 5, 2016

Pierre_Capitol_RotundaThe South Dakota Legislature has another busy today.

Among the important and interesting bills being considered today, HB 1129, being heard in the House State Affairs Committee, seeks to allow a concealed pistol in the capitol and any county courthouse with an enhanced concealed pistol permit.

Also related to the right to keep and bear arms, HB 1138 would revise the law concerning concealed carry to make permits good for five years instead of four, and divide the proceeds 50-50 between the local sheriff and the South Dakota Secretary of State to administer the program.

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HB 1088 deals with civil asset forfeiture.  This is a concept which has had some good application in the past with regard to drug dealers and crime kings. However, the evidence is pouring in that like most things, power granted to government breeds corruption and tyranny.  Some unscrupulous government officials have come to see civil asset forfeiture as a way to make money for their bureaucracies…at the expense of people who have done nothing wrong. Watch this bill, because it’s time to reform civil asset forfeiture, not make it worse.

SB 72 would prohibit the abortion of an unborn child who is capable of experiencing pain and to provide a penalty therefor. There is substantial evidence that an unborn child can feel pain at 20 weeks development (or less–the brain and neural system are already forming by about 7 weeks).  This bill seeks to prohibit abortion after the point science indicates that an unborn child can feel pain.

SJR 2 seeks a ballot vote in the next general election to add a new section to Article XI of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, imposing a corporate income tax. This was discussed at last Saturday’s crackerbarrel meeting in Rapid City. Several of the legislators present told us it wasn’t viable and probably wouldn’t happen…yet here we have two local “Republicans” (Senator Bruce Rampbelberg and Rep. Thomas Brunner) signing on as sponsors to fleece businesses in South Dakota and drive them to other states. Hmmm….

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There are several more important bills in the list below. Be sure to check them out, and let your elected representatives know what you think about them.

Date Committee/Chamber Bill Title
2/5
7:45 AM
Senate Local Government HB 1033 revise certain provisions concerning elections and election petitions and to declare an emergency.
2/5
7:45 AM
House State Affairs HB 1125 limit the ability of a person to obtain a concealed pistol permit related to the restoration of civil rights.
2/5
7:45 AM
House State Affairs HB 1129 allow a concealed pistol in the capitol and any county courthouse with an enhanced concealed pistol permit.
2/5
7:45 AM
House State Affairs HB 1138 revise provisions related to the enhanced permit to carry a concealed pistol.
2/5
10:00 AM
House Judiciary HB 1088 revise and consolidate certain civil forfeiture provisions.
2/5
10:00 AM
House Commerce and Energy HB 1091 establish certain requirements regarding insurance for vehicles used to provide rides for a transportation network company and to exempt drivers and vehicles used to provide these rides from certain commercial licensing requirements.
2/5
10:00 AM
House Judiciary HB 1183 revise certain provisions regarding the jurisdiction of magistrate courts to issue protection orders.
2/5
10:00 AM
Senate Health and Human Services SB 72 prohibit the abortion of an unborn child who is capable of experiencing pain and to provide a penalty therefor.
2/5
10:00 AM
Senate State Affairs SB 73 clarify certain provisions regarding open meetings.
2/5
10:00 AM
Senate State Affairs SB 91 revise certain provisions concerning the information on the forms provided to persons who sign initiated constitutional amendments or initiated measures.
2/5
10:00 AM
Senate Health and Human Services SB 117 permit the practice of midwifery by certain persons.
2/5
10:00 AM
Senate Taxation SJR 2 Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election a new section to Article XI of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to the imposition of a corporate income tax and dedication of the revenue therefrom.
2/5
12:30 PM
House of Representatives HB 1107 ensure government nondiscrimination in matters of religious beliefs and moral convictions.
2/5
12:30 PM
House of Representatives HB 1112 establish certain procedures regarding a transgender policy for the purposes of participation in high school activities and to declare void any present transgender policy of the South Dakota High School Activities Association.
2/5
12:30 PM
House of Representatives HCR 1008 Urging Congress to support and to ask the United States Secretary of State to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline project.
2/5
12:30 PM
House of Representatives HCR 1009 Expressing the right of South Dakotans to own and use firearms.
2/5
1:00 PM
Senate HCR 1004 Expressing support for the property rights of ranch and range allotment owners.
2/5
1:00 PM
Senate SB 64 revise the voting authority of an alderman.
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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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