The South Dakota Legislature concluded its eight week of session on Thursday. We had a busy week in the House dealing with all of the bills that passed through the Senate. On one day, we dealt over 30 bills, which is large number to be debated in one day. As the session is now winding down, we are focusing on finalizing the budget and choosing our priorities in what should be funded and with how many dollars.
•SB 105 allows a physician to administer a toxicology test on a newborn baby (neonate is the first 28 days of life) if the child exhibits symptoms of illness related to drug abuse. SB 105 includes a provision to exempt a healthcare provider from criminal and civil liability both if this test is administered and if in good faith the provider decides against performing a toxicology test. SB 105 passed Senate Health and Human Services 6-1 and passed the Senate Floor 33-2. In the House it passed the Judiciary Committee 10-1 and the House Floor 59-5.
•SB 84 prohibits any state agency from entering into a confidential settlement with a third party. All settlements requiring monetary damages or equitable relief shall be a matter of public record. SB 84 passed Senate Judiciary 5-2 and passed the Senate Floor 21-13. However, it failed in House Judiciary 10-3.
•SB 64 changes the penalties for trafficking a minor. Previously, the criminal penalty for attempted trafficking was less severe than if the trafficking was completed. However, since many human traffickers are caught in stings, which only allows a criminal charge for attempted trafficking, in that scenario the offender would receive half the prison sentence. SB 64 changes statute so that attempted trafficking and trafficking both receive the same criminal penalty. SB 64 passed Senate Judiciary 6-0 and the Senate Floor 34-0. In the House it came through both House Judiciary and the House floor with zero no votes.
•SB 9 would require a fiscal note, compiled by LRC, to accompany both initiated measures and constitutional amendments to determine the cost or lack thereof to the state upon passage. This bill passed Senate State Affairs 7-2 and Passed the Senate Floor 29-6. In the House it passed State Affairs 8-2 and the House Floor 58-9.
•HB 1199 Banned collective bargaining at the regental schools. HB 1199 passed the House. However, after passing the Senate State Affairs Committee 5-4 HB199 failed on the Senate Floor 16-18.
•HJR 1004 would submit to the voters for approval changes to the victim’s rights or “Marsy’s Law” constitutional amendment passed in 2016. HJR 1004 clarifies certain provisions of the law and allows law enforcement to release certain information regarding criminal activity. HJR 1004 passed the House State Affairs Committee 13-0 and passed the House Floor without opposition. The Senate Taxation Committee concurred 6-0 and it passed the Senate Floor 27-8.
•HB 1311 would change legislator salaries from 6,000 dollars a year to one fifth of South Dakota’s median income as defined by the U.S census and would be adjusted by the South Dakota Board of Finance. HB 1311 passed the House State Affairs Committee 10-4 and passed the House Floor 50-16. HB 1311 will be heard in Senate State Affairs.
•HB 1081 expands the sunset clause for the non-meandered waters compromise until 2021. This bill passed House State Affairs 11-1 and passed the House Floor 51-12. HB 1081 passed Senate Agriculture 7-2 and Passed the Senate Floor 20-15.
•HB 1100 requires a printed name to go along with a signature on all public contracts. The reason for this change is a public contract involving an illegible signature. This bill passed State Affairs unanimously and passed the House Floor with one no vote. HB 1100 passed the House Judiciary Committee 5-0 and passed the Senate Floor 33-0.
•HB 1264 authorizes the construction of a precision agriculture classroom and laboratory at SDSU. HB 1264 passed House State Affairs 13-0 and passed the House Floor 66-0. It will be heard in Senate Appropriations on Monday.
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