2019 Senate Bill Introductions


SB 14
:  Adding a definition of “solar energy facility” to 49-41B (siting of energy conversion and transmission facilities). This section of statute would apply to solar facilities of 100 MW or more; also provides that the SD PUC has 12 months to review solar permits.
Status:  Pre-filed bill by Commerce and Energy. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-1) 1/15/19. Passed Senate (31-3) 1/17/19. Referred to House Commerce and Energy.  Passed committee (9-4) 1/25/19. Passed House (66-4) 1/29/19. Vetoed by Governor 2/6/19. Veto Override Failed (1-30) 2/8/19.

SB 15:  Extending the time the SD PUC may consider wind generation permits to one year. 
Status:  Pre-filed bill by Commerce and Energy. Set for hearing 1/17/19. Committee deferred to another day (6-1) 1/17/19. Set for hearing 2/12/19. Reset for hearing 2/14/19

SB 16:  A bill giving SD PUC to set rules regarding financial security required for the decommissioning of wind turbines.
Status:  Pre-filed bill by Commerce and Energy. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-1) 1/15/19. Passed Senate (29-4) 1/22/19; referred to House Commerce and Energy. 

SB 59:  A bill exempting vulnerability assessments, emergency response or infrastructure records from open records laws. Also exempt are records of settlement agreements regarding investment or bankruptcy involving the SD Investment Council or the SD Retirement System.
Status:  Introduced 1/22/19. Referred to Senate Judiciary.  Set for hearing 1/29/19. Committee recommends Do Pass (5-0) 1/29/19. Passed Senate (23-10) 1/31/19. Referred to House State Affairs.

SB 64:  A bill requiring aircraft detection lighting systems.
Status:  Introduced 1/22/19. Referred to Senate Commerce and Energy. Set for hearing 1/31/19. Failed to Pass committee (3-4) 1/31/19. Set for hearing 2/7/19. Reset for hearing 2/12/19. Reset for hearing 2/14/19.

SB 66:  A bill to freeze municipal electric utility territory.
Status:  Introduced 1/22/19. Referred to Senate Local Government. Set for hearing 1/25/19. Hearing deferred to later date 1/25/19.

SB 81:  Changing the 2 MW load exception to .5 MW.
Status:  Introduced 1/24/19; referred to Commerce and Energy. Withdrawn by author 2/6/19.

SB 82:  A bill revising the election of officers of REAs.
Status:  Introduced 1/24/19; referred to State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/8/19. Withdrawn by author 2/6/19.

SB 83:  A bill to subject REAs to open meetings and public records laws.
Status:  Introduced 1/24/19; referred to State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/8/19. Withdrawn by author 2/6/19.

SB 91: A bill revising the definition of an open meeting—clarifying that members of a board/committee present at a press conference or similar event does not constitute a “meeting”; clarifying public comment only needs to be made available at regularly scheduled meetings; provides for meetings via teleconference.
Status: Introduced 1/24/19; referred to Senate State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/6/29. Passed committee (9-0) 2/6/19. Senate passed as amended (30-0) 2/8/19. Referred to House State Affairs 2/11/19.

SB 108:  A bill to make legislative caucuses during session open to the public.
Status:  Introduced 1/25/19; referred to State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/6/19. Deferred to 41st Legislative Day (7-2) 2/6/19.

SB 109:  A bill prohibiting members of the Governor’s transmission team from acting as a lobbyist for 2 years.
Status:  Introduced 1/25/19; referred to State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/6/19. Deferred to 41st Legislative Day (7-2) 2/6/19.

SB 139:  Prohibiting the publication of false information in political advertisements.
Status:  Introduced 1/25/19; referred to State Affairs. Set for hearing 2/8/19. Deferred to the 41st Legislative Day (7-2) 2/8/19.

SB 184: A bill stating that if a utility project does not commence construction within 4 years after issuance of a PUC permit; the utility will need to re-certify the project which may include a contested case hearing.
Status:  Introduced 1/30/19; referred to Senate Commerce and Energy. Set for hearing 2/14/19.

SJR 1:  A resolution to place an amendment to the state Constitution on the state ballot, to extend legislative terms from two years to four years; and to limit persons to two consecutive terms. 
Status:  Introduced 1/16/19; referred to Senate State Affairs. Deferred to the 41st Legislative Day (5-2) 1/25/19.


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