South Dakota Legislative & Regulatory

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Legislative

The 92nd Legislative Session convened Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.

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2017 South Dakota Legislative Guide

 

2017 House Bills

HB 1006A bill to require public meeting notice/agenda be posted in a "visible, readable, and accessible" place at least 72 hours prior to the meeting start, excluding Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. The bill also requires that public comments as to a state agency rule-making be filed at least 72 hours before the public hearing. 
Status: Pre-filed bill. Referred to House State Affairs. Set for hearing 1/13/17. Passed committee (12-0) 1/13/17. Passed House (68-0) 1/17/17; referred to Senate. Referred to Senate Local Government. Set for hearing 1/23/17. Committee recommends Do Pass (7-0) 1/23/17. Sent to Senate floor. Passed Senate (35-0) 1/24/17. Signed by Governor 2/2/17. 

HB 1012: A bill to add solar to the current laws governing wind development, specifically the obtaining of easements from property owners.
Status: Pre-filed bill. Assigned to House Commerce and Energy. Set for hearing 1/20/17. Committee recommends Do Pass (13-0) 1/20/17. HB 1012: Passed House (67-0) 1/25/17; referred to Senate Commerce & Energy. Set for hearing 2/2/17. Passed committee (7-0) 2/2/17. Passed Senate (34-0) 2/6/17. Signed by Governor 2/16/17.

HB 1069: A bill to reform campaign financing and lobbyist laws.
Status: Introduced 1/20/17; referred to House State Affairs. Set for hearing 1/23/17. Passed State Affairs (10-3) 1/23/17. Amended by House and Passed by House (54-13) 1/24/17. Referred to Senate State Affairs. Passed Senate State Affairs (7-2) 1/25/17. Amended and Passed by Senate (27-8) 2/1/17. Signed by Governor 2/2/17.

HB 1073: A bill to revise gift provisions to legislators/elected officials.
Status: Introduced 1/23/17; referred to House State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/6/17. Passed committee (13-0) 2/6/17. Passed House (66-0) 2/14/17. Referred to Senate State Affairs. Set for hearing 3/1/17. Amended to have the monetary values in the statute automatically inflate per the consumer price index. Passed by committee (6-3); deferred by chair and set for further hearing 3/6/17. Amended and re-passed committee (6-0) 3/6/17. Passed Senate as amended (25-10) 3/7/17. House concurs in Senate amendments (59-3) 3/8/17. Signed by Governor 3/10/17.

HB 1074: A bill providing for limits on out-of-state contributions to ballot question committees.
Status: Introduced 1/23/17; referred to House State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/8/17. Re-scheduled for hearing 2/13/17. Amended and passed by committee (9-4) 2/15/17. Passed House (50-18) 2/22/17. Referred to Senate State Affairs; set for hearing 3/1/17. Amended by committee and Failed to pass (3-4). Tabled by committee (6-1) 3/1/17.

HB 1076: A bill creating a State Government Accountability Board.
Status: Introduced 1/23/17; referred to House State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/22/17. Amended and Passed committee (12-0) 2/22/17. Passed House (64-3) 2/23/17. Referred to Senate State Affairs; set for hearing 3/1/17. Passed committee (7-0) 3/1/17. Passed Senate as amended (29-6) 3/7/17. House concurs in Senate amendments (60-3) 3/8/17. Signed by Governor 3/10/17.

HB 1089: Setting forth penalties for willful violations of campaign finance filings and laws; allowing for complaints for such violations to be made to the Secretary of State and investigated by the Department of Criminal Investigation.
Status: Introduced 1/25/17. Referred to House State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/22/17. Amended and Passed committee (12-0) 2/22/17. Tabled by House (65-2) 2/23/17.

HB 1098: A bill to revise certain provisions regarding notice requirements of county commissions in authorizing installation of utility lines along and across highways.
Status: Introduced 1/25/17. Referred to House Local Government; set for hearing 2/2/17. Deferred hearing to 2/7/17. Committee amends and Passes (13-0) 2/7/17. Passed House as amended (66-0) 2/14/17. Referred to Senate Local Government; set for hearing 2/22/17. Passed committee (6-0) 2/22/17. Passed Senate as amended (34-0) 2/23/17. Signed by Governor 3/6/17.

HB 1128: A bill regarding conflicts of interest for legislators.
Status: Introduced 1/26/17. Referred to House State Affairs. Withdrawn by author 2/13/17.

HB 1130: A bill revising transparency and public comments for ballot measures.
Status: Introduced 1/26/17; referred to House State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/8/17. Committee amends and Passes (8-4) 2/8/17. Passed House as amended (37-32) 2/21/17. Referred to Senate State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/27/17. Amended and passed committee (5-2) 2/27/17. Amended on Senate floor. Failed to Pass Senate as amended (7-28) 3/1/17.

HB 1134: A bill to provide protections to state and local government employees for reporting a suspected violation of law by the public entity, so long as the employee acted in good faith.
Status: Introduced 1/31/17; referred to House State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/3/17. Deferred to the Non-existent 41st Legislative Day.  

HB 1141: A bill to establish a legislative task force to revise initiated and referendum process in South Dakota.
Status: Introduced 2/1/17; referred to House State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/13/17. Amended and passed by committee (10-1) 2/15/17. Passed House as amended (39-29) 2/22/17. Referred to Senate State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/27/17. Amended and passed committee (5-2) 2/27/17. Amended on Senate floor to require that the members of the proposed Initiative and Referendum Task Force include a member with business background, one with agricultural background, members from different political parties, members of the Board of Elections, members of the Municipal League and members of the Association of County Commissioners. Passed the Senate (28-7) 3/1/17. House concurs in Senate amendments (49-19) 3/6/17. Signed by Governor 3/10/17.

HB 1153: Revise signature requirements for initiated measures or referendums.
Status: Introduced 2/1/17; referred to House State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/8/17. Deferred to the Non-existent 41st Legislative Day (11-1) 2/8/17.

HB 1166: A bill to state that civil lawsuit settlements involving a public entity may not be made confidential unless by a court order.
Status: Introduced 2/1/17; referred to House Judiciary. Set for hearing 2/8/17. Deferred to the Non-existent 41st Legislative Day (8-3) 2/8/17.

HB 1167: Allowing first class municipalities to post meeting notices and other information on the internet in addition to or in lieu of some publication requirements.
Status: Introduced 2/1/17; referred to House Local Government. Set for hearing 2/9/17. Deferred to non-existent 41st Legislative Day 2/9/17.

HB 1170: A bill regarding conflicts of interest for authority, board, or commission members.
Status: Introduced 2/1/17; referred to House Judiciary. Set for hearing 2/13/17. Amended and passed by committee (11-0) 2/13/17. Passed House as amended (68-0) 2/22/17. Referred to Senate Local Government. Set for hearing 3/1/17. Amended and passed committee (6-0) 3/1/17. Passed Senate as amended (33-1) 3/6/17. House concurs in Senate amendments (65-0) 3/8/17. Signed by Governor 3/14/17.

HB 1198: A bill to revise the time period that certain persons (e.g. former legislators) are prohibited from lobbying.
Status: Introduced 2/2/17; referred to House Judiciary. Set for hearing 2/21/17. Deferred to the Non-existent 41st Legislative Day 2/21/17.

HB 1200: A bill to revise provisions regarding making contributions to ballot question committees. 
Status: Introduced 2/2/17; referred to House Judiciary. Set for hearing 2/15/17. Amended and Passed by committee (9-3) 2/22/17. Passed House as amended (42-25) 2/23/17. Set for hearing 3/1/17. Deferred to the Non-existent 41st Legislative Day (5-2) 3/1/17.

 

2017 Senate Bills

SB 27: A bill regarding direct conflicts of interest by public officials; penalty provided.
Status: Introduced 1/10/17; referred to Senate Judiciary. Set for hearing 1/19/17. Committee recommends Do Pass (7-0) 1/19/17.  Passed Senate as amended (33-0) 2/2/17. Referred to House Judiciary. Set for hearing 3/6/17. Committee amended and passed (9-3) 3/6/17. Passed House as amended (58-9) 3/7/17. Senate concurs in House amendments (30-5) 3/8/17. Signed by Governor 3/14/17.

SB 53: A bill establishing a Campaign Ethics Commission.
Status: Introduced 1/10/17. Referred to State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/13/17. Tabled (7-1) 2/13/17.

SB 54: A bill revising campaign financing.
Status: Introduced 1/10/17. Referred to State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/13/17. Amended by committee and set for further hearing on 2/22/17. Amended and Passed by committee (5-4) 2/22/17. Passed Senate as amended (19-16) 2/23/17. Referred to House State Affairs. Set for hearing 3/6/17. Hoghouse amendment adopted by committee (10-3) 3/6/17. Hoghouse amendment pertains to setting contribution limits to ballot committees and to political action committees; sets expenditure recording requirements; sets documentation requirements; and set penalties for violations of the law. Further amended on House floor and passed (55-12) 3/7/17. Senate fails to concur in House amendments; conference committee appointed 3/8/17. Conference committee report given to legislature with amendments; Senate adopts report (23-12) and House adopts report (61-6) 3/10/17. Signed by Governor 3/14/17.

SB 59: A bill to revise requirements for instituting initiated measures.
Status: Introduced 1/17/17; referred to Senate State Affairs. Set for hearing 1/20/17. Amended and recommend Do Pass by committee (6-1) 1/20/17. Passed Senate (28-7) 1/24/17. Referred to House State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/8/17. Passed committee (10-2) 2/8/17. Passed House (53-14) 2/27/17. Signed by Governor 3/8/17.

SB 60: A bill to revise how a consumers power district may sell assets.
Status: Introduced 1/17/17; referred to Senate Commerce & Energy. Set for hearing 1/24/17. Passed Committee (6-1) 1/24/17. Referred to Senate floor. Passed Senate (34-1) 1/25/17; referred to House Commerce and Energy. Set for hearing 3/1/17. Passed committee (11-0) 3/1/17. Passed the House (63-0) 3/2/17. Signed by Governor 3/10/17. 

SB 67: A bill to revise collection of signatures for ballot measures.
Status: Introduced 1/20/17; referred to Senate State Affairs. Set for hearing 1/25/17. Re-set for hearing 2/1/17. Tabled by committee (8-0) 2/1/17.

SB 77: A bill to require a fiscal note on initiated measures/amendments on the ballot.
Status: Introduced 1/23/17; referred to Senate State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/3/17. Amended by committee and passed (6-2) 2/3/17. Passed Senate (27-5) 2/13/17. Referred to House State Affairs. Passed committee (10-3) 2/24/17. Passed House (47-21) 2/28/17. Signed by Governor 3/9/17.

SB 80: A bill regulating the use of drones.
Status: Introduced 1/24/17; referred to Senate State Affairs. Re-referred to Senate Local Government committee 2/8/17. Set for hearing 2/13/17. Passed committee (5-1) 2/13/17. Passed Senate (26-9) 2/16/17. Referred to House Transportation. Set for hearing 2/28/17. Amended and passed committee (10-1) 2/28/17. Passed House as amended (61-4) 3/6/17. Senate failed to concur with House amendments; conference committee set (Sens. Rusch, Nesiba, Nelson; Reps. Tieszen, Bartling, Dennert) 3/7/17. Senate fails to concur in House amendments; conference committee appointed 3/7/17. Committee report delivered to legislature; Senate adopts report (32-0) and House adopts report (63-3) 3/9/17. Signed by Governor 3/14/17. 

SB 88: A bill to waive a certain transmission line from the siting/routing requirements of South Dakota.
Status: Introduced 1/24/17; referred to Senate Commerce and Energy. Set for hearing 2/2/17. Passed committee (7-0) 2/2/17. Passed Senate (33-0) 2/3/17. Referred to House Commerce and Energy. Passed committee (13-0) 3/1/17. Passed House (64-2) 3/6/17. Signed by Governor 3/10/17. 

SB 89: A bill to hold a public entity liable if they prohibit firearms on their premises.
Status: Introduced 1/24/17; referred to Judiciary. Set for hearing 1/31/17. Deferred to the 41st Legislative Day (4-3) 1/31/17.

SB 116: A bill improving online access to state board, commission and department information.
Status: Introduced 1/26/17; referred to Senate Local Government. Set for hearing 2/3/17. Amended by committee and Passed (7-0) 2/3/17. Passed by Senate (35-0) 2/8/17. Referred to House State Affairs. Set for hearing 3/1/17. Passed committee (12-0) 3/1/17. Passed House as amended (63-0) 3/2/17. Signed by Governor 3/16/17.

SB 131: A bill to prohibit elected officials from lobbying for a certain period after leaving office.
Status: Introduced 1/26/17; referred to Senate State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/3/17. Passed committee (8-0) 2/6/17. Amended and Passed by Senate (34-1) 2/8/17. Referred to House State Affairs. Passed committee (13-0) 2/24/17. Passed House (51-17) 2/28/17. Signed by Governor 3/10/17.

SB 134: A bill to prohibit schools or school staff from expending school money or personal time during school hours on affecting any vote.
Status: Introduced 1/26/17; referred to Senate Education. Set for hearing 2/21/17. Amended and Passed by committee (4-2) 2/21/17. Failed to Pass Senate (8-27) 2/23/17.

SB 151: A bill to create a complaint procedure to resolve allegations of misconduct by certain public officials.
Status: Introduced 2/1/17; referred to Senate State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/8/17. Re-scheduled for hearing 2/13/17. Amended and Passed by committee (6-3) 2/22/17. Passed Senate (19-16) 2/23/17. Referred to House State Affairs; set for hearing 3/6/17. Committee amended and passed (13-0) 3/6/17. Passed House as amended (64-3) 3/7/17. Senate fails to concur in House amendments; conference committee appointed 3/8/17. Conference report delivered to legislature; Senate fails to adopt report (16-19) 3/9/17. Conference committee report revised and adopted by Senate (18-17) 3/10/17; House adopts report (65-2) 3/10/17. Signed by Governor 3/14/17. 

SB 171A bill to establish the Government Accountability Task Force to study government, campaign finance, lobbyist restrictions, and ethics.
Status: Introduced 2/2/17; referred to Senate State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/15/17. Set for hearing 2/21/17. Committee amends and passed (8-1) 2/15/17. Passed Senate (34-0) 2/22/17. Referred to House State Affairs; set for hearing 3/6/17. Committee amended and passed (13-0) 3/6/17. Passed House as amended (54-12) 3/7/17. Senate fails to concur in House amendments; conference committee appointed 3/8/17. Conference report delivered to legislature; Senate adopts report (27-7) 3/9/17; House adopts report (61-5) 3/9/17. Signed by Governor 3/14/17. 

SB 173: A bill to revise provisions regarding the use of contributions received by a candidate campaign committee. 
Status: Introduced 2/2/17; referred to Senate State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/22/17. Deferred to the Non-existent 41st Legislative Day 2/22/17.