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2015 SD Legislation

South Dakota Legislative Session 2015
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HB 00 2015 Legislative Session update The 3rd week of session was busy with the introduction of many bills. All bills must be in on Tuesday so we will know what we are dealing with. The ABATE bill - SB 85 - repeal of the handlebar law has been introduced and has been assigned to Senate Transportation Committee. We need you to call the members of the Trans Committee - Sen. Mike Vehle, Mitchell; Sen. Jeff Monroe, Pierre; Sen. Gary Cammack, Sturgis; Sen. Bernie Hunhoff, Yankton; Sen. Ernie Otten, Tea; Sen. Jim Peterson, Revillo; and Sen. Alan Solano, Rapid City - to support SB 85. The prime sponsor in the Senate is Sen. Terri Haverly, Rapid City and Rep. Dan Kaiser, Aberdeen in the House. SB 85 will be up for hearing on Wednesday, Feb 4 in Senate Transportation Committee. Have a good week and keep updated on the bills of interest to you.
SB 1 Highway,bridge funding bill Bill increases excise tax, increasing vehicle registration fees, taxes on fuel, wheel tax. Raises about $100 million for highway improvements and bridge repair. Creates a bridge fund grant program. This bill will have much discussion and potentially some amendments so it will be one to watch throughout the session. It came from a summer study committee. Assigned to Senate State Affairs.
SB 16 Safeguarding law enforcement radio communications Makes it a Class I misdemeanor if one possesses a radio communication device during the commission of a felony. Passed Senate on consent calendar. Now goes to House.
SB 22 Revises penalty for altering a registration device issued by a dealer Revises the penalty for altering of a registration device installed by a dealer. Passed committee, passed Senate on consent calendar. Passed House Trans Committee and on House floor.
SB 32,33,34 Veterans benefits All three bills deal with benefits for veterans. SB 32 passed Senate and House, SB 33 passed Senate, SB 34 passed committee and passed Senate.
SB 40, 41 Federal motor carrier and commercial licensing Makes some changes to the federal motor carrier regulations and commercial licensing.SB 40 passed committee and Senate on consent calendar. SB 41 passed Senate 30-4.
HB 1030 Restrictions on passing a bicycle Requires 3 feet to pass a bicycle and establishes a penalty of Class 2 misdemeanor. Amended and still in committee. They are working on amendments and bill will be heard again this week.
HB 1032 Revises provisions for stopping for pedestrians S.ets in law what you need to do when stopping for a pedestrian at a street, street with a median, etc. Sets a penalty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. Bill was tabled (killed) in committee. Then they brought the bill back and it will be reconsidered.
HB 1035 Military specialty plate revisions Adds a warrant officer and allows symbols to include a retired military person. Passed committee and House 66-0.
HB 1041 Increases fees for driver and commercial licenses Increases the fees for driver license from $20 to $28 and $ 5.00 goes to the Highway Patrol fund. Increases the fees for commercial license from $25 to $33. Increased fees goes to funding the license program costs. Passed House Approp Committee 8-0. On House floor.
HB 1020 Mailing fees for non-commercial plates and decals Allows fees to be charges for non-commercial vehicle plates and decals for person requesting mailing. Bill was amended to be actual cost of mailing. Then passed the committee 13-0, passed House 66-1.
SB 17 Revise definition of cars that are subject to lemon law This bill changes the definition of motor vehicle. Statute does not apply to motor home or motor vehicle having a gross vehicle weight rating of fifteen thousand pounds or more. Prior weight was 10 thousand.Passed Senate on consent calendar.
SB 38 Revises the state communication systems Bill states that the Department of Public Safety shall operate and maintain the South Dakota law enforcement telecommunication system.Passed Senate on consent calendar.
SB 57 Authorizes/regulates the playing of games in Deadwood This bill authorizes and regulates the playing of craps, roulette, and keno within the city limits of Deadwood. This is a result of the election this fall.Assigned to Senate State Affairs Committee.
SB 62 Increase license fees for certain things This bill increases the license fees for food service, lodging and campground establishments. Bill was killed in committee.
SB 73 Juvenile Justice Initiative Reform This bill is a Governor's Bill and supported by the Chief Justice and various stakeholder groups. It is designed to give judges more alternatives to deal with low risk juveniles who commit minor crimes and keep them in their communities in community based alternative treatment programs. This is the result of a workgroup this summer and hopefully will reduce the number of juveniles committed to the Dept. of Corrections. Bill passed the Senate 35-0 and will be heard in the House State Affairs Committee on Wed, Feb 4.
SB 80 Selling price of a towed vehicle Bill increases the selling price of a towed vehicle that exempts the seller of the vehicle from certain vehicle dealer licensing requirements. Bill will be heard in Sen. Trans Committee on Feb 4.
SB 85 Repeal of handlebar height regulation This is the ABATE bill that is a repealer of the handlebar statute. Support this bill and call your legislators to support. Assigned to Senate Transportation Committee and will have a hearing on Wednesday, Feb 4.
HB 1074 Notice requirements for reporting car accidents Bill revises the requirements for reporting motor vehicle accidents. Passed committee 8-5 and failed on House floor 25-42.
HB 1082 Issue citation without a notary Bill allows a law enforcement officer to issue a citation without a notary
HB 1075 Off road vehicle trails Bill provides for off road vehicle trails, establishes a fund to create and maintain the trails, and provides penalties. Bill was withdrawn by sponsor.
SB 81 Persons with DUI to pay certain costs Persons convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or intoxicants to pay fine of $50 to clerk of courts in addition to other penalties.
SB 93 Tax on motorcycle rentals This bill imposes a gross receipts tax on the rental of certain motorcycles in lieu of the excise tax on motor vehicles. ABATE has endorsed support of this bill. Bill came through committee and is on the Senate Consent Calendar on Tuesday.
SB 94 License fee for electric motorcycles Bill establishes a license fee of $14.50 for electric motorcycles.
SB 103 Township bill for roads Authorizes townships to levy a capital improvement property tax for secondary roads, bridges, and culverts.
SB 107 Learner's permit changes Bill increases the period an instructor permit is valid and revises the requirement to upgrade to an operator's license or restricted minor's permit.
SB 108 DUI Revises certain provisions related to aggravated DUI's. Increases the time period to within the last 10 years if you have had 2 convictions.
SB 128 Military Plates Revises certain provisions concerning the general requirements that vehicle owners must satisfy before applying for military plates. Adds non-driver identification card as a valid requirement.
SB 129 Revisions to trepassing when hunting,etc This bill revisions provisions relating to trespassing associated with hunting, fishing, or trapping.
SB 148, 149, 150 Highway Funding bills Sen Vehle has submitted individual bills dealing with some of the same items in SB 1 to fund highway improvements. SB 148 - increase in fuel tax, SB 149 - wheel tax, SB 150 - vehicle registration fee.
SB 160 Operating headlights This bill revises certain provisions pertaining to the operation of car headlights - sunrise to sunset.
HB 1121 Speed zones on township roads This bill allows townships to establish speed zones under its jurisdiction. Speeds must be posted at beginning and ending of speed zones. Penalty established.
HB 1122 Township roads as no maintenance roads Townships may establish a road as a no maintenance road.
HB 1124 Authorize cars to exceed posted speed limits Bill allows increase in speed limit to 8 miles an hour over limit when passing a car under certain circumstances. Bill was amended to 10 miles an hour in committee and then passed the committee.
HB 1127 Daylight savings time Bill exempts the state from daylight savings time.
HB 1131 Highway Funding for highway/bridge improvements Governor's bill to revise taxes and fees to fund improvements to public roads and bridges. Bill raises about $50 in fuel taxes, license fees, etc. Establishes a grant fund for bridges. Bill is up for hearing on Tuesday in House Transportation Committee.
HB 1134 Revises provisions concerning expungement Bill revises certain provisions concerning the expungement of arrest records. Eliminates the requirement of consent of prosecuting attorney.
HB 1138 Seat belts This bill revises the penalty for failure to wear a seatbelt properly. Fine is increased to $50.00