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South Dakota Republican Party Weekly Legislative Update

March 5, 2020 Legislative Session: Week Eight

Chairman’s Letter


s legislators, the last days of session are all about prioritizing the issues and making decisions that will affect constituents either through the funding of programs, state employees, caregivers, teachers and others and also prioritizing the laws and regulations that dictate morality and the effect of societal “engineering” inherent in every bill we pass. It’s about balance. The job of the legislator is extremely difficult when trying to balance honoring the values and sacrifices of the generations that came before with creating opportunities and better lives for our children and grandchildren in South Dakota.

Session Highlights

P This was the eighth week of session, running from the 29th through the 32nd legislative days. P 293 bills have been introduced in the House, and 186 bills have been introduced in the Senate. P 21 House Bills and 15 Senate Bills have been withdrawn by the prime sponsor in accordance with Joint Rule 6B-1.1

But those opportunities and the chance for leaving our state better than we found it are why you do it. And when we look at our children and grandchildren, we know what we’re trying to create for them is a burden worth bearing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service. For the Party,

Dan Lederman, SDGOP Chairman

P Governor Kristi Noem has signed fifty two House Bills as of March 4th, and seventeen Senate Bills, leaving 19 Bills on her desk awaiting action. Currently, there have been no Gubernatorial vetoes yet in the session.

Laws to revise county zoning provisions passed House State Affairs Committee By Claire Rydberg, Legislative Communications Coordinator


his week the House State Affairs Committee passed SB 157, an act to revise certain provisions regarding the county zoning and appeals process, with a 10-3 vote. The sponsor of this bill is the Senate State Affairs Committee by request of the Governor’s office. The Senate had already passed SB 157 with a 24-11 vote on February 21st. Governor Noem was the first witness at the committee’s hearing. She also had support from South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott VanderWal of Volga, who said it would help families pass their agricultural operations to the next generation. Other proponents that gave testimony included leaders or spokespeople for statewide groups representing county commissioners, bankers, soybean producers, cattlemen, retailers, wind energy producers, chamber of commerce and industry, corn growers, stockgrowers and ethanol producers, as well as the Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Brookings chambers of commerce. Some opponent testimony came from Rebecca Terk, representing Dakota Rural Action. Terk said the organization trains county decision-makers and citizens how to understand and follow their ordinances. Terk showed a slide that said South Dakota controls planning and zoning at the county level, while Minnesota has control at the township level and Iowa doesn’t have local control regarding agricul-

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tural development. She said South Dakota counties can be very different from each other and even within a county such as Lincoln. Senate Bill 157 will be heard and debated on the House floor sometime this week.

Bill to prohibit electronic devices in vehicles moves forward in the State Senate

By Claire Rydberg, Legislative Communications Coordinator


ouse Bill 1169 is a bill to prohibit the use of certain electronic devices while driving. The bills’ prime sponsors are Representative Barthel and Senator

Soholt. HB 1169 defines what it means to operate, what a mobile electronic device is, and what a social networking site is. This bill prohibits any use of a mobile electronic device while operating a motor vehicle, and a violation of this measure would be a class two misdemeanor. Exceptions to the the law would include any law enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, paramedic, operator of an authorized emergency vehicle, or similarly engaged paid or volunteer public safety first responder during the performance of that person’s official duties, The bill provides that no mobile electronic device used in violation of the bill may be seized by a law enforcement officer to establish a violation of those sections of the measure. However, a mobile electronic device may be seized upon compliance with the search and seizure requirements. HB 1169 was first heard in the House Transportation Committee on February 13th. The bill passed through the committee with a vote of 10-1. The bill was then passed on the House floor with a vote of 42-26 on February 19th. On February 20th, the bill was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee and passed with a vote of 4-3. It will now be headed to the Senate floor. 

March 5, 2020 Legislative Session: Week Eight

Noem Signs Six Bills


overnor Kristi Noem signed the following legislation:

HB1026 – An Act to revise certain provisions relating to use of security for cleanup and remediation of environmental problems.

Get to Know...Craig Wexler

Craig Wexler is the Senior Pastor at Luthern Memorial Church here in Pierre and the Chief Legislative Chaplin. He is a husband and father of two. He is the pastor at the Women’s Prison here in Pierre. He is also very involved with the youth group of Lutheran Memorial Church.

HB1041 – An Act to revise provisions authorizing state employees to opt-out of the state employee health plan and to declare an emergency. HB1063 – An Act to revise certain provisions regarding the purchase, distribution, and sale of tobacco products to persons under the age of twenty-one. HB1080 – An Act to revise certain provisions regarding grain buyers. HB1081 – An Act to exempt from alcoholic beverage regulations certain uses of alcohol by postsecondary institutions. SB28 – An Act to repeal provisions regarding the restricted real estate broker’s license for auctioneers and to revise certain provisions regarding real estate licensing.

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UPCOMING DATES 3/9 Last day for a bill or joint resolution to pass both houses 3/30 Last day of session, Reserved for consideration of gubernatorial vetoes 3/31 Petition filing deadline for Primary Election candidates

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