The Majority Report: Issue Nine

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South Dakota Republican Party Weekly Legislative Update

March 12, 2020 Legislative Session: Week Nine



eing Republican is about getting results. Because as the Majority, it is our responsibility to lead. We have the burden of producing results for South Dakota. It is ultimately our responsibility to lead the discussion and get results. And this session, we got the results that we were elected for, a balanced budget, holding the line on taxes, providing for the most vulnerable and honoring the generations that brought us to this point in South Dakota history. It’s a great responsibility. But it’s also one that comes with reward. Because voters identify with moving our state forward as evidenced by the ever-increasing voter registration

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P This was the 9th and final week of the main run of the legislative session, running from the 33rd through the 36th legislative days. P 293 bills have been introduced in the House, and 186 bills have been introduced in the Senate. P 21 House Bills, 14 Senate Bills, and one Senate Concurrent Resolution have been withdrawn by the prime sponsor in accordance with Joint Rule 6B-1.1

of the GOP, and the declining rate of people identifying with the opposition. And you made it happen. We should be proud of the work we are able to do on a limited budget while giving our constituents the best service government can offer. For the Party,

Dan Lederman, SDGOP Chairman

P 18 Bills and one House Joint Resolution have been “hoghoused” meaning the entire measure has been rewritten with different language. P Governor Kristi Noem has signed seventy-eight House Bills as of March 11th, and twenty Senate Bills, leaving 30 Bills on her desk awaiting action. Currently, there are no Gubernatorial vetoes this legislative session.

Victim’s Right Bill passes Senate, headed to Governor’s Desk

By Claire Rydberg, Legislative Communications Coordinator


enate Bill 89 is a Bill to revise provisions regarding victim’s rights. The main sponsors are Senator Rusch and Representative Rasmussen, and the measure notes rights must be consistent with victims of the crime that include victims of driving under the influence of vehicle accidents and victims of any vehicle accident resulting in death.

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Some of the rights that are listed include being notified of any scheduled bail hearings, to be informed of what the charges mean and the elements necessary for conviction, and to testify at scheduled bail or bond hearings regarding any evidence indicating whether the offender represents a danger to the victim or the community if released. Both the House and the Senate passed Senate Bill 89 unanimously. It was signed by the President of the Senate on March 10th and will be sent to Governor Noem’s desk.

Hemp Measure negotiated by House and Senate conference committees, ready to be voted on legislature By Claire Rydberg, Legislative Communications Coordinator


ouse Bill 1008 is an act entitled to implement a plan for hemp in South Dakota. Origonally sponsored by Representatives Qualm, Bordeaux, Goodwin, Gross, and Lesmeister and Senators Klumb, Blare, Foster, and Nesiba, the measure was intorduced at the request of the Industrial Hemp Study Committee, and has undergone several changes to reach the final form that is being presented to the Legislature after negotiations and amendments. On Monday Governor Noem along with House and Senate Republican leaders held a news conference noting that they had found money in the budget for next year to pay for several items on the want list for several Republicans, including the hemp program and to provide two percent raises in state aid to schools, Medicaid healthcare providers and state government workers. On Tuesday House Bill 1008 was planned to be heard, debated, and voted on the Senate floor. Instead of debating the bill the Senate made an amendment to

the twenty-six-page bill and replaced the whole text with one single line. The line states, “The State of South Dakota will implement a plan for hemp in South Dakota.� The amendment passed in the Senate with a vote of 25-9. The House did not vote to concur with House Bill 1008, sending the measure into the conference committee process where representatives from both the House and Senate meet in an ad hoc committee to negotiate differences between the chambers, in hopes of coming to a consensus. The Hemp bill was sent to conference committee on March 10th and then to a Senate Conference Committee on March 11th. State legislators added funding language to HB 1008, to bring the measure to its current form. Now, the House and Senate will vote on their revised version, and if both the Senate and the House are able to concur, the legislation would head to Governor Noem’s desk to be signed. March 12, 2020 Legislative Session: Week Nine

Senate Bill 164 sent to Governor to make emergency response safer in SD By Dan Lederman, Chairman, South Dakota Republican Party


enate Bill 164 a measure to revise the penalties and provisions regarding approaching stopped vehicles was passed by the House of Representatives this week with strong support. The measure requires that drivers approaching a vehicle that is stopped and displaying flashing lights must reduce their speed before getting within 300 feet.

Amber safety lights are everywhere, from construction vehicles, railroad vehicles, and oversized loads. The addition of blue not only differentiates towing vehicles from the rest of the amber lights, but it’s been proven that blue light is more visible from greater distances even in limited visibility.

If a driver does not slow down, they could face a Class 2 misdemeanor with a minimum fine of $275. The bill passed the House on a vote of 65-2, and had earlier passed the Senate on a vote of 32-3. This bill was originally brought by State Senator John Wiik of District 4 who explained in an update to his constituents that he worked with the Governor’s Office, the Department of Public Safety, the South Dakota Sheriff ’s Association and every attorney in the Senate to try and make this bill do exactly what the people want: clarify the law, and offer a little more space between first responders and everyone else on the highway. The bill is designed to make roads safer for not just emergency responders, but tow truck drivers and DOT vehicles displaying operators. Any vehicle displaying

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flashing blue, yellow or amber lights, are covered by the law, including civilian vehicle with their flashers engaged, giving approaching drivers warning that a vehicle should be approached with caution. A companion measure, HB 1170, sponsored by Representative Rounds, has already been signed by Governor Noem to offer the option of tow truck operators to use Amber AND Blue safety warning lights. As noted by Wiik, “Amber safety lights are everywhere, from construction vehicles, railroad vehicles, and oversized loads. The addition of blue not only differentiates towing vehicles from the rest of the amber lights, but it’s been proven that blue light is more visible from greater distances even in limited visibility.” Senate Bill 164, is now headed to Governor Kristi Noem’s desk, where it will await the Governor’s review and signature.

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