South Dakota Legislative Billwatch, Feb. 20, 2015

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SD_CapitolIt’s going to be a very busy day in Pierre, today. Ctizien, guard your freedom-and your wallet-very closely!

Today the South Dakota legislature is looking at bills involving natural resource conservation (a favorite vehicle for radical environmentalists who want to limit the way we use our property or other freedom-and usually put the taxpayer and/or consumer on the hook in the process), abortion, prostitution, prenatal testing for Down syndrome, immunization, female genital mutilation, and more.

There are also important good bills like HB 1220 to protect religious freedom from homosexual activists. Two such bills were shot down by the “Republicans” supermajority last year, and our “Republican” governor Dennis Daugaard even tried to throw the sponsor of one of these bills under the bus as a “racist” because of it last year.  So don’t think freedom will get an easy walk in the “Republican” supermajority legislature when we have liberals like this passing for “Republicans” in our state.

We also have liberals attempting to expand the unconstitutional Medicaid program in our state-something our “Republican” governor would love to do if he could find a way to get away with it politically.

The Left is also launching another attack on marriage and family by promoting no-fault divorce in South Dakota-as if marriage and family weren’t already under enough of a withering attack.

There are also some of those “empty shell” bills like HB 1169 and 1171 that contain no meaningful bill, but will be gutted to insert Lord knows what.

May God have mercy on South Dakota.

Date Committee/Chamber Bill Title
2/20
7:45 AM
House State Affairs HB 1169 accommodate legislation on medical services.
2/20
7:45 AM
House State Affairs HB 1171 enhance South Dakota.
2/20
7:45 AM
House State Affairs HB 1220 provide for the free exercise of religion and to declare an emergency.
2/20
7:45 AM
House State Affairs HB 1226 accommodate legislation for education.
2/20
8:00 AM
House Appropriations SB 47 make an appropriation from the coordinated natural resources conservation fund to the State Conservation Commission and to declare an emergency.
2/20
8:00 AM
Senate Appropriations SB 99 revise certain provisions of the Medicaid contingency fund due to federal legislation, to make an appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency.
2/20
8:00 AM
Senate Appropriations SB 147 expand Medicaid.
2/20
8:00 AM
Senate Appropriations SB 169 provide medical care for certain unborn children.
2/20
10:00 AM
Senate Health and Human Services HB 1079 revise the deadline for the Department of Health’s annual report regarding abortions.
2/20
10:00 AM
Senate Health and Human Services HB 1155 require that information be provided to a pregnant mother whose child tests positive for Down syndrome.
2/20
10:00 AM
House Judiciary HB 1221 authorize no-fault divorce in the state.
2/20
10:00 AM
Senate State Affairs SB 139 authorize the increase in the number of video lottery machines that may be placed in a licensed establishment under certain conditions.
2/20
10:00 AM
Senate State Affairs SB 140 accommodate legislation relating to education in South Dakota.
2/20
1:00 PM
Senate HB 1058 revise certain provisions regarding contagious disease control quarantine measures.
2/20
1:00 PM
Senate HB 1059 allow authorized entities to access immunization information in certain circumstances.
2/20
1:00 PM
Senate HB 1089 ban the practice of female genital mutilation in the state, to provide a penalty therefor, and to declare an emergency.
2/20
1:00 PM
Senate HB 1130 prohibit an abortion provider from accepting payment for an abortion prior to the end of the required informed consent period.
2/20
1:00 PM
House of Representatives HB 1231 authorize the forfeiture of any financial benefit or valuables gained from prostitution or pimping.
2/20
1:00 PM
Senate SB 141 accommodate legislation on medical services.
2/20
1:00 PM
Senate SB 142 enhance South Dakota.
2/20
1:00 PM
Senate SB 192 permit the sergeant-at-arms to carry concealed firearms in the state capitol building under certain conditions.

 

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  • franklinb23

    In regards to HB 1220, why not simply protect “freedom of conscience”? Should those who don’t subscribe to a particular (or any) theological system of belief be compelled by the government to do things that religious folks aren’t likewise compelled to do?

    • http://www.americanclarion.com/ Bob Ellis

      I think that would work, too.

      Though while there’s a definite heated war against (the Christian) religion in the United States, not much going on to force atheists to violate their conscience, such as it is. In fact, more often than not, it’s the atheists and God-haters who have declared war on Christian values.