Preview for 2015 Legislative Session
The 2015 Legislative Session begins on January 13,2015 and concludes on March 13,2015. Veto Day is March 30, 2015. This session will be busy for ABATE as we are introducing a repealer bill of the statute on handlebars - 32-20-3. Also there will be a highway/bridge funding bill put forth by a summer study committee. That bill increases a number of fees and taxes across the board to fund improvements of our highways and bridges. More information on which taxes and fees are proposed to be increased is in the latest ABATE newsletter. Budget will once again be a major discussion.
We need each of you to talk to your local legislators and ask for their support to sponsor our bill to repeal the handlebar statute and then let Dianna Miller or John Steele know so they can be contacted. More information on this repealer will be discussed at ABATE Days.
ABATE Days are scheduled for January 15 - January 17, 2015. Legislative Social is Thursday, January 15 from 8 to 10 pm. January 16 at the Capitol and programs. January 17 is the ABATE Board Meeting. Make plans to attend and meet/greet your legislators. It's a fun and beneficial time to show your support for ABATE and Motorcycle issues.
Legislative Leadership has been chosen and is as follows: Senate - Majority Leader Tim Rave, Ass't Majority Leader Dan Lederman, President Pro-Tempore Corey Brown. Minority Leader is Billie Sutton and Ass't Minority Leader is Troy Heinert.
House Majority Leader Brian Gosch, Ass't Majority Leader Steve Westra, Speaker Dean Wink, Ass't Speaker Mark Mickelson. Minority Leader Spencer Hawley, Ass't Minority Leader Julie Bartling. Committees will be assigned in the next couple weeks. The breakdown of the Senate is 27 Republicans and 8 Democrats. The House has 58 Republicans and 12 Democrats.
Once bills are introduced, we will update this website with information on bills of importance to ABATE. All bills can be accessed on the SD Legislative website.
Have a very HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!!!!