Lawmakers consider new fees on electric and hybrid vehicles
PIERRE -- Motor vehicles that run on electricity could face new fees for using streets and roads in South Dakota. A vehicle fueled only by electricity would be charged $100 per year while a hybrid that uses a mix of electricity and some other fue...
PIERRE - Motor vehicles that run on electricity could face new fees for using streets and roads in South Dakota.
A vehicle fueled only by electricity would be charged $100 per year while a hybrid that uses a mix of electricity and some other fuel would face a $50 annual fee.
Rep. Mary Duvall, R-Pierre, is prime sponsor. HB 1142 was assigned to the House Transportation Committee. She is its chairwoman.
A hearing date hasn't been publicly scheduled.
Should it get through the House of Representatives, the lead Senate sponsor is Sen. John Wiik, R-Big Stone City.
Three of the last four Republicans in the Senate roll call said "no" Wednesday and killed a measure promoting broader rights to carry a gun.
The Senate rejected SB 87, with 16 voting yes and 19 voting no.
Sen. Jeff Monroe, R-Pierre, originally wanted to prohibit the posting of any "building, structure, park, campus, or other area" as a firearm-free zone "unless any person entering the area is required to pass through an electronic device to detect the presence of a firearm on the body of that person."
The legislation also would have allowed the posting if someone trained by the entity or associated with it was located in the area.
The restrictions wouldn't have applied to county courthouses, the state Capitol or any law enforcement office or building.
The Senate substantially amended Monroe's bill Wednesday before rejecting it. The close vote broke against Monroe at the end as Larry Tidemann of Brookings, Jim White of Huron and Jason Youngberg voted no while John Wiik of Big Stone City said yes.
Monroe lost a second time Wednesday when the Senate refused to add private investigators to the list of court expenses that could be levied against the losing side in a civil case brought in a state court.
Senators killed SB 111 as 17 voted yes and 18 voted no.
The roll call tipped against Monroe when Sen. Justin Cronin, R-Gettysburg, said no at the end. Then Sen. Jason Frerichs, D-Wilmot, changed his vote to no from yes.
An amendment by Sen. Kris Langer, R-Dell Rapids, would have capped the allowable amount at $1,500.
But that didn't satisfy Sen. Art Rusch, R-Vermillion, a retired state circuit judge. Rusch said to his knowledge Monroe based his legislation on one case.
Rusch added that the legislation would move the costs to the losing side without a judge granting permission.
Sen. Lance Russell, R-Hot Springs, said he knew of other cases. Russell is a lawyer who has been campaigning for the Republican nomination for state attorney general.
Sen. Craig Kennedy, D-Yankton, said the legislation didn't define a private investigator and South Dakota doesn't have a licensing system for private investigators.
Kennedy said the person could be "literally anyone" who ran up bills.
In rebuttal Monroe said: "Everybody knows who a private investigator is." He added that a person seeking a private investigator wasn't going to look in the lawn-care section of the Yellow Pages telephone directory.
"There's nobody gonna' run up anything here," Monroe said.
On Tuesday the state House approved HB 1076 allowing townships to levy a property tax for emergency medical services.
Rep. Steven Haugaard, R-Sioux Falls, led the debate in favor. "It's not a mandate," he said, noting townships could collaborate with other municipalities and often lack the money to pay for ambulance equipment.
When he finished Rep. Dan Ahlers stood and explained he actually was the prime sponsor.
"It's the first time I ever had someone else stand up and talk about my bill," Ahlers, D-Dell Rapids, said.
"It's great. I can't ask for a bigger endorsement than this. You heard the man - vote green!" Ahlers said.
The vote was 66-1 in favor. The bill moved to the Senate. Langer is lead Senate sponsor.