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ROZUM: A look at what's in the hopper

Bills are finally getting numbered so it makes it easier for everyone to view what is in the hopper. If you go to sdlegislature.gov you can view all Senate and House bills:...

Bills are finally getting numbered so it makes it easier for everyone to view what is in the hopper. If you go to sdlegislature.gov you can view all Senate and House bills:

• HB 1076 establishes and "Ethics" commission. Much thought has gone into this bill and it will have bipartisan support. It isn't in its final stage as there will be some strengthening. Of the bills dealing with this topic, this bill was introduced by Democratic Rep. Karen Soli and is well researched.

• HB 1073 is a bill introduced by Rep. Mark Mickelson dealing with lobbyist gifts to candidates.

• SB 53 and SB 54 both deal with campaign finance and were introduced by Secretary of State Shantel Krebs.

• SB 27 deals with conflicts of interest and misappropriation of funds being a felony and was introduced by the Attorney General Marty Jackley.

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In discussions we realized many people are not aware that all campaign contributions are a matter of public record. Go to the sdsos.gov for all candidate information which must be filed in a timely manner. A law that bars businesses from contributing to candidate campaigns needs addressing because it doesn't allow for transparency. Direct contributions would make it very clear as to where contributions originate. If a candidate does not have a primary no report is required. That will be required most likely.

• HB 1021, revising provisions regarding education provided for children in certain residential treatment centers passed the House last week. This bill specifically will help Abbott House and Aurora Plains Academy in educating children that otherwise would not be able to be accepted.

• HB 1053 helps attorney recruitment in towns under 3,500 in population but residing in counties with more than 10,000 in population. Previously your county had to qualify in order for a small town to qualify. This will be of great benefit to our rural areas and have no additional cost. The Unified Judicial System uses fine money; the state bar kicks in 15 percent and can raise more. The community kicks in 35 percent.

We are here to do the will of the people in a constitutional manner. Send your thoughts and ideas but please put District 20 in the subject line so we can determine our constituents. It is always a good idea to read a bill or initiative that your question so you can point out the good or bad parts. We can be certain your concerns are covered. District 20 has very considerate people with great ideas. Thank you for the continued civility.

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Monday, Feb. 20, Plankinton at noon, Wessington Springs at 2 p.m.

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