LEGISLATIVE COLUMN FEB 25-28

Well the March 8 is the last day of the 2013 legislative session, with March 25 set as Veto Day when legislators go back to Pierre to decide if we want to override any of the governors vetoes.
These bills passed the House this week:

SB 151 clarifies the maintenance responsibilities on unimproved section lines.

SB 205 put wolves on the predator list. It won’t apply to the western Dakotas until the feds remove them from the endangered species list, which they’ve promised to do this month.

SB1 Revises the provisions regarding plugging and performance bonds for oil and gas wells and to repeal the supplemental restoration bond requirement. This is another of the bills that came out of our Oil and Gas Development Committee summer study.

SB 83 designates Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day as a working holiday. I had my seatmate, Rep. Brock Greenfield, read a tribute to my brother Sam Marty, who is a decorated Vietnam veteran. There were several Vietnam Vets in the gallery for the commemoration.

SB 89 limits the liability of retail dealers in petroleum products under certain conditions. This will allow west river gas stations to legally sell 85 Octane like they’ve been doing for the last 60 years.

SB 227 will allow you to legally carry a concealed weapon on your snowmobile.

SB 6 determines whether factors affecting productivity should be applied if the actual use of agricultural land does not correspond to the soil classification standards.

SB 115 increases the commercial fertilizer inspection fee for purposes of fertilizer-related research and creates the Nutrient Research Education Council to promote such research.

SB 84 create’s the South Dakota Athletic Commission and to provide for the supervision of boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts competitions and sparring exhibitions in the state.

House Commemoration 1025 on Friday recognizing Saturday, July 27, 2013, as the National Day of the American Cowboy.

Four  bills passed out of the Senate Ag Committee this week:
HB 1083 revises the crime of rustling to include sheep and goats.
HB 1123 increases the surcharge on hunting licenses by a dollar to be used for predator control.
HB 1167 restructures the policy advisory committee for animal damage control.
HB 1168 allows local predator control districts to increase the assessments on producers for predator control if the increases are approved by a majority of the producers in the district.

As always you can contact me at the House Chamber number 773-3851. Leave a phone number and I’ll call you back. The fax number is 773-6806. If you send a fax, address it to Rep. Elizabeth May. You can also email me at rep.may@state.sd.us during session. You can keep track of bills and committee meetings at this link: http://legis.state.sd.us/ You can also use this link to find the legislators, see what committees they are on, read all the bills and track the status of each bill, listen to committee hearings, and contact the legislators.