South Dakota Legislative Billwatch for Feb. 3, 2015

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

HB 1130 would prohibit an abortion provider from accepting payment for an abortion until the required informed consent period had expired. This could be a critical step in allowing a pregnant woman freedom from pressure to consider preserving the life of her unborn child. If she has already paid the abortion provider prior to the waiting period, she may feel compelled to go through with the abortion because of the financial investment, even if she becomes inclined to let her child live.

SB 117 is a bill designed to protect the privacy of students and their families. In this day and age of increased information gathering, especially with the onset of Common Core national education standards, the data being collected on people seems to be growing more intrusive. This would help protect the privacy of private citizens.

SB 156 is a Democrat measure intended to force employers, whether they want to or not, to provide paid sick leave to employees. Most larger employers already do this, as do some of the smaller ones. This, however, would take that freedom to decide away from the employer.  If an employee doesn’t like the compensation package they are offered for their labor, in America, they are free to look for employment-and a compensation package-more to their liking elsewhere, just as an employer is free to decide what the prospective employee’s labor is worth to them. We don’t need more government meddling in the free market, taking more freedom away from business owners.

HB 1096 would improve procedures regarding concealed carry permits. The bill has already passed the House State Affairs committee on a 10-2 vote, and now goes to the full House for consideration.

HCR 1004 asks the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the Roe v. Wade decision that “legalized” by judicial fiat abortion on demand in America in 1973.  Since 1973, a great deal of scientific information regarding the personhood and humanity of unborn children has been accumulated, warranting a re-examination of the assumptions that went into the Roe decision.

HCR 1005 urges much-needed freedom from the burden of our over-regulated culture in the United States. The bill urges congress to work to free Americans from this cumbersome nightmare that robs us of freedom and $1.86 TRILLION in prosperity every year.

SB 82 is ostensibly a domestic violence bill which seeks to remove from South Dakota Codified Law in 23A-3-2.1 language which refers to spouses and other family members, replacing it with a generic reference to 25-10-3.1  which was changed last year to treat people who are “in a significant romantic relationship” as if the were married/family. People in “significant romantic relationships” are not tied to others the way married/family members are, and can walk away from abusive relationships much easier than actual family members can. The Left has been seeking to use this as a vehicle to advance the homosexual agenda (after all, homosexuals might be said to be in a “significant romantic relationship” even though they cannot be married) and seek protections that only married/family people deserve for the aforementioned reasons. They have tried it in the past by seeking to directly include homosexual couples in domestic abuse law, and when that failed, they have taken less direct approaches like the one last year and now this year. In other words, the Left seeks to further undermine marriage and family by hijacking domestic abuse law.

And SCR4 is another attempt to impose an internet sales tax on the people of South Dakota and America. We have long been used to Democrats looking for every excuse and avenue to tax the American people; now “Republicans” can’t get enough of your tax money to spend, and are looking to tax your online purposes to give them more money to play with.  This isn’t about fairness (online businesses already have the disadvantage of not being able to instantly fulfill a customer’s desire like a brick-and-mortar business, and there is already the additional cost of shipping and handling); this is about getting more of your money to waste on unnecessary projects and to repay political donors with taxpayer money. This bill has already passed the “Republican” supermajority House 34-0, and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Date Committee/Chamber Bill Title
2/3
7:45 AM
House Health and Human Services HB 1130 prohibit an abortion provider from accepting payment for an abortion prior to the end of the required informed consent period.
2/3
7:45 AM
Senate Education SB 117 further protect the privacy of certain student information.
2/3
10:00 AM
Senate Commerce and Energy SB 156 require a minimum amount of paid sick leave for employees.
2/3
2:00 PM
House of Representatives HB 1073 require a sex offender to report a change in vehicle status to law enforcement.
2/3
2:00 PM
House of Representatives HB 1079 revise the deadline for the Department of Health’s annual report regarding abortions.
2/3
2:00 PM
House of Representatives HB 1096 revise certain procedures for issuing a permit to carry a concealed pistol.
2/3
2:00 PM
Senate HCR 1004 Addressed to the United States Supreme Court setting forth certain facts and expressly enumerating the grievances of the People of the State of South Dakota, through their elected representatives, with that Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), and its progeny and calling for that Court to now protect the intrinsic, natural, fundamental rights of the children of our State and nation and the intrinsic, natural, fundamental rights of their pregnant mothers in their relationship with their children, and the mothers’ health by reconsidering and overturning the court’s decision in Roe.
2/3
2:00 PM
Senate HCR 1005 Urging Congress to propose the regulation freedom amendment to the United States Constitution.
2/3
2:00 PM
Senate SB 67 revise certain provisions regarding challenges to certain election petition signatures.
2/3
2:00 PM
Senate SB 82 update outdated language related to domestic abuse.
2/3
2:00 PM
House of Representatives SCR 4 Urging Congress to support equity and sales tax fairness.

 

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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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