South Dakota

The 90th Legislative Session convened Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.

Getting information about the activities and legislation is easy. Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) continuously monitors bills introduced in the South Dakota Legislature that could affect electric utilities in the state of South Dakota. To find out who represents your utility interests go to the South Dakota Secretary of State website

South Dakota Legislative Guide

 

2015 House Bill Introductions   

HB 1033:  A bill to repeal the South Dakota Energy Infrastructure Authority.
Status:  Pre-filed 1/9/15. Referred to House Commerce & Energy. Committee recommends Do Pass (12-0) 1/23/15; placed on House calendar. Passed House (67-0) 1/26/15; referred to Senate Commerce & Energy. Set for hearing 2/10/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (5-0) 2/10/15; referred to Senate floor. Passed Senate (34-0) 2/11/15. Signed by Governor 2/25/15.

HB 1034:  A bill to delete outdated language related to the Wind Energy Competitive Advisory Task Force.
Status:  Pre-filed 1/9/15. Referred to House Commerce & Energy. Committee recommends Do Pass (12-0) 1/23/15; placed on House calendar. Passed House (67-0) 1/26/15; referred to Senate Commerce & Energy. Set for hearing 2/10/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (5-0) 2/10/15; referred to Senate floor. Passed Senate (34-0) 2/11/15. Signed by Governor 2/25/15.

HB 1037:  A bill to revise the definition of a person for purposes of intervention/filing before the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission.
Status:  Pre-filed 1/9/15. Referred to House Commerce & Energy. Committee recommends Do Pass (12-0) 1/23/15; placed on House calendar. Passed House (54-13) 1/26/15; referred to Senate Commerce & Energy. Set for hearing 2/12/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (4-0) 2/12/15. Sent to Senate floor. Passed Senate (32-0) 2/17/15. Signed by Governor 2/25/15.

HB 1038:  A bill to revise the definition of transmission facilities for the purposes of construction permits from the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission.
Status:  Pre-filed 1/9/15. Referred to House Commerce & Energy. Committee recommends Do Pass (12-0) 1/23/15; placed on House calendar. Passed House 1/26/15 (67-0); referred to Senate Commerce & Energy. Set for hearing 2/12/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (4-0) 2/12/15. Sent to Senate floor. Passed Senate (32-0) 2/17/15. Signed by Governor 2/25/15.

HB 1090:  A bill prohibiting certain persons from serving as a member of a consumers power district board.
Status Introduced 1/26/15; referred to House Commerce & Energy. Re-referred to House Local Government 1/28/15. Set for hearing 2/10/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (13-0) 2/10/15; referred to House floor. Passed House (68-0) 2/11/15; referred to Senate Local Government. Set for hearing 2/20/12. Re-set for hearing 2/25/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (7-0) 2/25/15. Passed Senate (34-0) 2/26/15. Signed by Governor 3/11/15.

HB 1106:  A bill allowing access to formal and informal input to municipal, county and township decision-makers.
Status:  Introduced 1/26/15; referred to House Local Government.  Set for hearing 1/29/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (13-0) 1/29/15. Passed House (68-1) 2/3/15. Referred to Senate Local Government. Set for hearing 2/25/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (7-0) 2/25/15. Passed Senate (34-0) 2/26/15. Signed by Governor 3/11/15.

HB 1125:  Requiring 24 hour “continuous” notice of public meetings.
Status Introduced 1/27/15; referred to House State Affairs. Set for hearing 1/30/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (12-0) 1/30/15. Passed House (69-0) 2/3/15. Referred to Senate State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/25/15.  Committee recommends Do Pass (9-0) 2/25/15. Passed Senate (34-0) 2/26/15. Signed by Governor 3/11/15.

HB 1153:  Expanding the definition of open meeting to include certain text colloquies.
Status:  Introduced 1/28/15. Referred to House Local Government. Set for hearing 2/19/15. Committee passes as amended (11-2) 2/19/15. Passed House (47-22) 2/25/15. Referred to Senate State Affairs. Set for hearing 3/6/15. Deferred to non-existent 41st Legislative Day (5-2) 3/6/15.

HB 1154:   Limiting the amount that may be charged for copies of public records.
Status:  Introduced 1/28/15. Referred to House Local Government. Set for hearing 2/19/15. Deferred to 41st Legislative Day (13-0) 2/19/15.

HB 1167:   A bill allowing posting of certain information on line in lieu of newspaper publication.
Status:  Introduced 1/28/15; referred to House Local Government.  Set for hearing 2/12/15. Deferred by committee to non-existent 41st Legislative Day (11-2) 2/12/15.

HB 1202: A bill to revise the Renewable Energy Objective to make the percentage achievable in 2020 rather than 2015.
Status: Introduced 2/3/15; referred to House Commerce & Energy. Set for hearing 2/20/15. Deferred to 41st Legislative Day (12-0) 2/20/15.
 
HB 1203: A bill to require the state DNR to compile an assessment of the impacts of the Clean Power Plan.
Status: Introduced 2/3/15; referred to House Commerce & Energy. Referred to House Ag & Natural Resources. Set for hearing 2/17/15. Withdrawn at request of prime sponsor 2/17/15.
  
HB 1232: A bill regarding the methodology for tax assessment of small power facilities (impacts IOUs).
Status: Introduced 2/3/15; referred to House Commerce & Energy. Set for hearing 2/20/15. Deferred to 41st Legislative Day (10-2) 2/20/15.

 

2015 Senate Bill Introductions

SB 131: Bill to establish provisions regarding investigation and remediation of stray electrical voltage.
Status:  Introduced 1/28/15. Referred to Senate Ag and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 2/17/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (8-0) 2/17/15. Passed Senate (31-0) 2/19/15. Referred to House Ag & Natural Resources. Set for hearing 3/5/15. Passed committee (12-0) 3/5/15. Passed House (67-0) 3/10/15. Signed by Governor 3/13/15.

SF 180: A bill to revise wind energy taxation.
Status: Introduced 2/3/15; referred to Senate Commerce & Energy. Set for hearing 2/12/15. Deferred for further hearing; hearing re-set for 2/17/15. Re-set for hearing 2/19/15. Re-set for hearing 2/24/15. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (7-0) 2/25/15. Passed Senate as amended (32-2) 2/25/15. Referred to House Taxation. Set for hearing 3/5/15. Passed committee as amended (14-0) 3/5/15. Amended in House 3/10/15; Passed House as amended (64-0) 3/10/15. Senate concurs with House amendment (32-1) 3/11/15. Signed by Governor 3/13/15.