PIERRE — Funeral homes shouldn't be allowed to be at the head of the line for payment from deceased persons who have little money or items of value, a panel in the South Dakota Legislature decided Friday. The House Judiciary Committee voted 10-1 to kill HB 1102 even though it could have saved money for taxpayers in some cases. Funeral homes can seek payment for services from the county government if the deceased person was indigent.
PIERRE — Inhibiting the repossession of a vehicle would become a criminal act of theft in South Dakota under a proposal endorsed Friday by a state House of Representatives committee. Rep. David Lust, R-Rapid City, is prime sponsor of HB 1096. It now goes to the full House for consideration. Brian Busch, manager for Anytime Auto Sales in Rapid City, testified by telephone during the hearing by the House Judiciary Committee. Busch recounted instances of people making down payments and never making another payment.
PIERRE — State senators gave final legislative approval Thursday to helping the South Dakota Retirement System stay in financial balance. The savings would save in excess of $1.5 billion during the coming decades, according to estimates that SDRS officials provided to legislators. The three measures now head to Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who is expected to sign them into law. SDRS covers employees of state government and many school districts, cities and counties, as well as various special units of government throughout South Dakota.
PIERRE — Ten years after the Legislature authorized education service agencies to help local school districts throughout South Dakota, the state Department of Education is asking the Legislature to repeal those laws. The department received the Senate Education Committee's endorsement Thursday. The legislation, HB 1022, could receive final approval as early as today from the full House of Representatives. The House has already passed it 64-2.
PIERRE—The Legislature is honoring 12 men who retired from the South Dakota Highway Patrol in the past few years. The Senate gave its automatic approval to the 12 commemorations Wednesday. The House of Representatives gets them next. They cover retirements from 2015, 2016 and January 2017. The dozen are: John Koenig, a sergeant last stationed at Chamberlain who served 30 years; Matthew Petersen, a trooper last stationed at Parkston who served nearly 11 years; Mike Thomas, a trooper last stationed at Deadwood who served more than 23 years;
PIERRE — One result of the Legislature's 2007 sex scandal is that legislative pages have worn standard blue and yellow dress shirts for the past decade. It is the same reason Sen. Stace Nelson now wants a rule that bans sex between legislators and legislative employees. There is a rule that prohibits sexual harassment. But revelations in the past few weeks, about what's been labeled as consensual sex, evidently fall outside that rule. The results so far are these:
PIERRE – A majority of South Dakota senators favor more flexibility in teaching science in public schools. Senate Bill 55 received support from the Senate Wednesday by a vote of 23-13 in favor. Sen. Jeff Monroe, R-Pierre, is the prime sponsor of SB 55, which would “protect the teaching of certain scientific information.” Monroe said he’s received information that state standards are “one-directional” in favor of a theory.
PIERRE – State senators voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for stronger monitoring of prescription drugs in South Dakota. They unanimously required that pharmacists participate in a digital monitoring system and decided 34-1 the state Board of Pharmacy must submit annual reports to the Legislature through 2022. The measures came from a task force that met during the interim. They now go to the House of Representatives for further action.
PIERRE — South Dakota senators gave final legislative approval Tuesday to expanding the public notice period to 72 hours for meetings of state boards and commissions. The legislation passed 35-0 on the Senate’s consent calendar without debate. The measure, HB 1006, now goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his decision whether to sign it into law.
PIERRE — State senators voted 27-8 Tuesday to change the effective date to July 1 for initiated measures, referrals and constitutional amendments after South Dakota voters pass them. They currently become effective shortly after the general election in November. Sen. Jim White, R-Huron, sponsored the legislation. He said it would make ballot measures similar to legislation that normally takes effect July 1.