|Bill De ion
|Preview of 2024 Session
Week 6 was very busy as we have cross over day on February 21 and all bills have to be through the first house and on February 23 all special appropriations bills have to be through first house. Major work will start on the budget in the next week.
Revenue Estimates came in this past week and we have $21 million in ongoing revenue over the Gov’s budget and $41 million in one time money over projected. Major decisions will now have to be made as to what projects get funded so Joint Appropriations Committee will be very busy.
The big bill ABATE is interested in is HB 1095 – Establish provisions for the operation of automated motor vehicles. The ABATE Board Position is neutral. Bill passed House Commerce Committee 10-3 and passed House 43-25. Most of the same arguments made in committee were also made on the House floor. Bill passed Senate committee 7-1 and passed Senate 27-4. Gov signed.
Have a good week!
|Sales Tax Sunset Repeal
HB 1001 repeals the sunset date of 2027 and keeps the sales tax at 4.2%. This sales tax was changed last year. Bill passed committee 11-1 and passed the House 54-12. Bill was tabled in Senate Appropriations Committee 7-2 which kills the bill. Sunset remains in place. This bill will be back in some form as House is not happy with the Senate.
|Update to federal motor carrier regulations
This bill just updates certain federal motor carrier regulations to comply with federal law. Passed committee, passed House 66-3. Bill passed Senate committee and put on consent. Bill was withdrawn from consent and then passed Senate 30-1. Gov signed
|Valuation on vehicles
Bill amends the valuation service used to value vehicles – adds the language of political subdivision to statute. Bill passed committee and passed House 69-0. Bill passed Sen committee and passed Senate 32-0 – Gov Signed
|License plate for disabled veterans
Bill allows disabled veterans to obtain a standard issue county motor vehicle or motorcycle license plate. Passed committee 11-0 and passed House 69-0. Bill passed Senate committee 7-0 and passed Senate 32-0. Gov signed
|DUI Driving permit
Bill permits a person convicted of certain driving under the influence offenses to drive for certain purposes – adds health appointments, attendance at court or probation hearings, treatment or aftercare to the current statute. Bill passed committee 13-0 and passed House 68-0. Assigned to Sen Judiciary Committee – hearing on 2/20
|SB 14, 54
I will just list bills affecting hunting and you can look up the bill if you are interested.
Bill deals with homeowners association and not allowing them to restrict gun possession, transportation, or storing. Bill passed committee, passed Senate 30-3. Bill passed House 61-7. Gov signed
|Commercial Driver License
Bill provides for the downgrade of commercial driver licenses and commercial learners permits upon notice of certain drug and alcohol violations. Bill passed committee, passed Senate on consent 33-0. Bill passed House committee 11-0 and passed House 66-0 . Gov signed
|Commercial drivers – medical
Bill updates references to certain regulations regarding medical qualifications for certain commercial drivers. Bill passed committee, passed Senate on consent 33-0. Bill passed House committee 11-0 and passed House 65-1 – Gov signed
|Threatening law enforcement & elected officials
Bill revises and repeals provisions related to threatening law enforcement officers and elected officials with a penalty – includes the family of these people. Bill was amended to remove elected officials (they were put in another bill) and passed committee 5-1 and then bill was amended on Senate floor to change the penalty to Class 1 misdemeanor and bill passed Senate 27-4. Now in House Judiciary
|E15 fuel tax refund
Provides for an E 15 fuel tax refund beginning in 2025 and ending in 2030. This is for retail dealers and amendment was made to refer to them as licensed marketers. Bill passed committee as amended 9-0 and passed Senate 33-0. Bill was amended again in committee 13-0. Bill was referred to House Tax and then re-referred to House Ag. House Ag Committee amended the bill and passed it 13-0. House passed bill 64-1 and Senate concurred with the House amendment 33-0. Now on Gov’s desk
|Electric Charging Stations
Bill exempts an electric vehicle charging station from being subject to a civil fine for overcharging. Bill passed committee 8-0 and passed Senate 29-0. Bill passed committee and passed House 67-1. Gov signed
|Automated motor vehicle
This bill establishes provisions for the operation of automated vehicles – it is a framework bill that has been worked on by various entities for the past 2 years. It provides an opportunity to put in place a framework for registrations, insurance, law enforcement or DOT regulations. 23 states have statutes regulating the deployment of AV’s including North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. Bill also requires submission of crash and collision reports. This is a growing technology and SD needs to regulate this area. ABATE has a neutral position. Bill passed committee 10-3 and passed House 43-25.Bill passed Senate committee 7-1 and passed Senate 27-4. On Gov’s desk
|Eluding law enforcement
Bill makes some changes if a vehicle fails to stop for a law enforcement officer – passed committee and passed House 56-12. Bill passed Sen Committee and passed Senate 31-0 – Gov signed
|Intentional disarming law enforcement
Bill prohibits the intentional disarming of a law enforcement officer and provides a penalty – Passed House Judiciary Committee 12-1, passed House 58-10. Bill passed Sen Committee 7-0 and passed Senate 31-0 – Gov signed
|Threatening elected officials
Bill deals with threatening elected officials including school board members with a penalty – Senate Judiciary – was amended to include current and former officials and then passed 5-2 and passed Senate 23-10.
|Veterans Benefit program
Bill modifies provisions pertaining to unethical conduct and improper collection of fees relating to assistance or referrals in a veterans benefit matter. Bill was tabled in Military Vets Affairs Committee – 3-1
|HB 1153 and HB 1174
Gun bills if you are interested
Bill that creates a habitat conservation specialty plate and emblem – bill passed House 64-3 with an amendment – sent to Senate Trans Committee
Bill creates a license plate for life support personnel and EMT’s – bill passed House 67-0 – amended – Sent to Sen Trans Committee
|Sales tax exemption – disabled veterans
This bill establishes a sales tax exemption for certain disabled veterans – Bill was killed/41st day 11-0 in committee
|General Appropriation Bill
This is the general appropriation bill for 2025 that we will deal with at the end.
Bill requires certain vehicles to be equipped with mud flaps – Bill was amended twice making penalty a petty offense and adding word non-commercial – Passed committee 7-5 – bill passed 36-34 . Now goes to the Senate committee
|Plate for firefighters
Bill establishes license plate for certain retired firefighters – bill passed Senate 32-0. Hearing in House Trans Committee on 2/20
Bill clarifies the amount of years for cars and motorcycles must be 30 years old. Withdrawn by sponsor