Lawmakers withdraw various bills
PIERRE -- South Dakota legislators get to withdraw bills this year.
The new rule has been used six times so far in the 2014 legislative session: Two bills in the House of Representatives and four in the Senate.
Only the prime sponsor can ask for the withdrawal and must have agreement of the chamber's presiding officer.
The withdrawal must come before the bill's first committee hearing. House Speaker Brian Gosch proposed the change.
"It's working just as I had hoped," Gosch, R-Rapid City, said Friday.
Here's a look at what's been officially withdrawn:
• Rep. Hal Wick, R-Sioux Falls, pulled HB 1137, seeking expansion of the role for the state task force on assessing agricultural land. A similar bill is moving through the process by Sen. Al Novstrup, R-Aberdeen;
• Rep. Julie Bartling, D-Gregory, pulled HB 1202 that would set the annual maximum increase in state school aid per pupil at 4 percent, an increase over the current 3 percent. A similar bill was already introduced;
• Sen. Craig Tieszen, R-Rapid City, pulled SB 96 that called for allowing public safety agencies to buy equipment that wasn't necessarily the lowest bid;
• Sen. Phil Jensen, R-Rapid City, pulled SB 136, dealing with gun rights and local restrictions;
• Jensen also pulled SB 148, declaring that a parent's liberty to raise a child as the parent sees fit is a fundamental right; and
• Sen. Ernie Otten, R-Tea, pulled SB 67, providing legal immunity for refusal to provide wedding services and goods on freedom of religion grounds.