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2015 SD Legislation

South Dakota Legislative Session 2015
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HB 00 2015 Legislative Session update Week 6 of the session was great for ABATE. SB 85 - repeal of the handlebar statute - passed the House on the consent calendar. It is now on the Governor's desk. Thanks to everyone for all your work and testifying on the bill. It was a fantastic grassroots effort! Many of the major issues are starting to move through the system as all bills need to be through the house of origin by February 25. Highway/bridge funding, education funding, budget continue to be the main issues. Keep calling your legislators to let them know how you feel on the various issues.
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 and the Governor's bill was hoghoused onto the bill with some minor amendments. Passed the committee and passed the Senate 26-8 so bill now moves to the House. This bill and HB 1131 will continue to be the bills that are negotiated for highway/bridge funding.
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. Passed House committee 13-0, passed House 67-2. Now on the Gov's desk.
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 68-0.Gov signed.
SB 32,33,34 Veterans benefits All three bills deal with benefits for veterans. SB 32 passed Senate and House and was signed, SB 33 passed Senate, SB 34 passed Senate and passed House 65-2 and was signed.
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 and passed House on consent, Gov signed. SB 41 passed Senate 30-4 and passed House committee 9-1
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. Bill was amended and passed committee 11-0.Bill passed House 53-16.
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 and passed Senate 31-0.
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. Passed House 57-12.
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. Hearing in House on 2/25.
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. Hearing in House 2/25.
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.Passed committee and passed Senate 27-7. Hearing in House on 2/25.
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 bill is still in House State Affairs as members asked for a fiscal note on the bill.
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 passed Senate 34-0. Hearing in House on 2/25.
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. Bill passed Committee 6-0 and passed Senate 34-0. Passed House Trans Committee unanimously and passed House on consent calendar. On Gov's desk.
HB 1082 Issue citation without a notary Bill allows a law enforcement officer to issue a citation without a notary. Bill was amended and passed committee 13-0.
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. Passed Senate 30-3.
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 passed Senate 34-0. Bill passed committee 13-1 and is on the House floor.
SB 94 License fee for electric motorcycles Bill establishes a license fee of $14.50 for electric motorcycles.Passed committee and passed Senate 34-0.Bill passed House committee 10-0 and is on the House floor.
SB 103 Township bill for roads Authorizes townships to levy a capital improvement property tax for secondary roads, bridges, and culverts. Bill was tabled in committee.
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. Passed Senate on consent calendar. Passed House 66-0. On Gov's desk.
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. Passed committee and passed Senate 32-1.
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. Passed committee with amendment.Passed Senate 32-1.
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. These bills will die once a highway/bridge bill passed.All bills were tabled in committee.
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. Passed House 61-0. Hearing on 2/25.
HB 1122 Township roads as no maintenance roads Townships may establish a road as a no maintenance road. Passed committee, was amended and passed House 61-6. Hearing in Senate on 2/25.
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. Passed House 66-1.
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. Minor amendments were put on the bill and then re-referred bill to House State Affairs Committee. Hearing on 2/24 in House.
HB 1134 Revises provisions concerning expungement Bill revises certain provisions concerning the expungement of arrest records. Eliminates the requirement of consent of prosecuting attorney. Passed House 64-2.
HB 1096,1108,1116 Gun Bills There are a number of gun bills and I am going to list the numbers if you are interested: HB 1096,1108,1116,1183,1206,1215 and SB 162 and SB 192.
SB 185 Excise tax Bill increases the motor vehicle excise tax rate and dedicates it to highway/bridge fund. Bill was tabled in committee.
HB 1200 Revises exemption for cars from tax Bill exempts cars from motor vehicle excise tax if car was inherited, transferred within family or part of an estate. Bill was killed in committee 8-6.
HB 1213 Increase in car tax Another bill to increase the car tax to finance highway/bridge improvements. These bills will die when a highway/bridge fund overall bill passes. Bill was tabled in committee.
HB 1214 Bicycle clothing Requires all bicyclists on a highway to wear fluorescent or reflective garments. Bill was tabled in committee 10-3.
HB 1224 Biometric data on licenses Bill provides procedures for issuing driver licenses and nondriver id cards that do not require certain biometic data and high resolution facial images. Bill was killed in committee 11-1.
HB 1225 Prohibit unauthorized commercial us of personal right Bill prohibits the unauthorized commercial use of a personality's right of publicity and provides civil remedy. Bill was amended and passed committee 12-0.