The 90th Legislative Session convenes 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.
2015 House Bill Introductions
SB 55: A bill to repeal the contractor’s excise tax on new and expanded renewable energy facilities.
Status: Pre-filed 1/11/14. Referred to Taxation. Set for hearing 1/24/14. Committee recommends Do Pass (7-0) 1/24/14. Passed by Senate (35-0); referred to House. Referred to House Taxation. Committee recommends Do Pass (13-0) 2/6/14. Referred to House floor. Passed House (66-0) 2/26/14. Signed by Governor 3/10/14.
2015 Senate Bill Introductions
HB 1172: A bill requiring that any meetings which include a simple majority of either the state House or state Senate shall be open to the public.
Status: Introduced 1/29/14. Referred to House State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/12/14. Deferred to non-existent 41st Legislative Day (9-3) 2/12/14.
HB 1190: A bill deleting the special definition of “gross receipts” for the purposes of the gross receipts tax on wind farms. Gross receipts will be defined consistently with other statutes.
Status: Introduced 1/31/14; referred to House Taxation. Set for hearing 2/20/14. Tabled (14-0) 2/20/14.
HB 1194: Originally a bill on transportation, this bill was “hoghoused” on 2/20/14 to become a bill imposing a standard fee of $750 for any utility crossing a railroad.
Status: Introduced 1/31/14; hoghoused 2/20/14 in Transportation Committee. Passed committee (12-0) 2/20/14. Referred to House floor. Passed House (67-2) 2/25/14. Referred to Senate State Affairs. Passed Senate State Affairs (9-0) 3/10/14. Passed the Senate as amended (35-0) 3/11/14. House concurs with Senate amendment (69-0) 3/12/14. Signed by Governor 3/28/14.
HB 1234: Requiring notice to defendant six months prior to filing of petition for condemnation.
Status: Introduced 2/4/14; referred to House Local Government. Set for hearing 2/13/14. Deferred to non-existent 41st Legislative Day (9-2) 2/13/14.
HB 1254: Requiring net metering of renewable generation with payment by utility at 70% of retail rate; prohibits stand-by fees.
Status: Introduced 2/4/14; referred to House Agriculture and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 2/13/14. Re-scheduled for hearing 2/18/14. Deferred to non-existent 41st Legislative Day (10-2) 2/18/14.
HJR 1003: A bill to place further state legislative term limits on the state ballot.
Status: Introduced 1/29/14. Referred to House State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/12/14. Deferred to non-existent 41st Legislative Day (11-2) 2/12/14.