District 28 Legislative Report

We just finished the fourth week and the 16th day of the 2016 legislative session. Friday was the last day for bills to be filed and a total of 418 bills are in the hopper, slightly fewer than last year.

Betty Olson


The Senate voted to re-appoint Lyla Hutchinson from Wounded Knee to the State Brand Board and approved the appointment of former Sen. Russell Olson to the Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

Rep. Lance Russell’s bill, HB 1151 requiring legislative approval of all land acquisitions over 40 acres by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks passed out of House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee on Thursday. In the committee Rep. Russell gave a very compelling testimony and I didn’t find out until later in the day that he had gotten a call in the middle of the night that his father had passed away.

David Russell, age 74, of Edgemont, passed away Feb. 4 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital. His funeral was Monday in Edgemont with burial with military honors in the Edgemont Cemetery. Lance and his family have our sympathy.

These three gun bills I signed on to passed out of House State Affairs on Friday and were sent to the House floor:

•HB 1125 limiting the ability of a person to obtain a concealed pistol permit related to the restoration of civil rights.

•HB 1129 to allow a concealed pistol in the capitol and any county courthouse with an enhanced concealed pistol permit. I’m the Senate prime on this bill.

•HB 1138 revises provisions related to the enhanced permit to carry a concealed pistol.

The South Dakota National Guard Dining Out was Thursday evening at the Ramkota. This is always a wonderful event and I had the privilege of dining with two of Harding County’s National Guardsmen, Nate Hedin and Nathan Juelfs.

Here are some of the bills that passed the Senate this week:

•SB 3 revises the income criteria for determining if property is classified as agricultural land for property tax purposes.

•SB 8 revises provisions regarding background investigations for prospective employees of the postsecondary technical institutes and to transfer certain funds regarding postsecondary technical credentialing.

•SB 17 makes an appropriation for costs related to suppression of wildfires in the state.

•SB 24 prohibits the sale of fetal body parts and provides a penalty.

•SB 25 revises the provisions concerning forfeiture of property interests of persons convicted of certain crimes.

•SB 26 revises provisions concerning sex offender registration and to require an offender to notify of intended foreign travel.

•SB 34 revises provisions regarding the chemical testing of commercial drivers.

•SB 54 adopts the Elder Abuse Task Force’s statutory recommendations in order to protect South Dakota seniors and adults with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

•SB 59 revises provisions regarding the application of the special annual road funding levy.

•SB 63 requires the development of school safety plans and requires school safety drills in accredited schools.

•SB 65 revises the procedure for a municipal recall petition.

•SB 74 authorizes members of governing bodies who are displaced by a natural disaster to continue their term of office.

•SB 93 revises provisions regarding the homestead exemption.

These House bills passed the Senate and have been sent to the governor’s desk:

•HB 1018 defines terms related to commercial fertilizer and soil amendments.

•HB 1019 revises provisions related to milk sampling and grading licenses and tester and grader licenses.

•HB 1020 revises provisions concerning fire prevention and compacts related to the prevention and control of forest fires.

•HB 1021 allows child advocacy centers and tribal agencies that provide child placement services to obtain results from a check of the central registry for abuse and neglect.

•HB 1034 revises provisions concerning local government elections.

•HB 1035 revises and repeals certain provisions concerning voter registration, vote centers, and conducting elections.

•HB 1052 revises alcoholic beverage business restrictions on Department of Revenue employees.

•HB 1057 revises the rule-making authority of the South Dakota Commission on Gaming.

•HB 1058 revises the procedure for recovery of abandoned mineral interests.

•HB 1062 permits an order changing the name of a minor child without prior publication in certain instances.

My seatmate in the Senate is the very conservative Sen. Jeff Monroe and I was astonished to hear him tell a lobbyist that he supports the LGBT agenda. Knowing Sen. Monroe very well, the lobbyist was also shocked until Jeff went on to explain that his LGBT agenda was Land, Guns, Babies and Taxes. In Pierre, we deal daily with property rights and other land owner issues; gun rights; midwives, abortion, and the sale of fetal tissue; and an abundance of tax issues. Imagine how surprised I was to find out that I also support the same LGBT agenda.

To contact me, call the Senate Chamber at 773-3821, leave a message and I’ll try to return your call. Email me at sen.bettyolson@state.sd.us and the legislative FAX number is 773-6806. When you send a fax, address it to Sen. Betty Olson. You can keep track of bills and committee meetings at this link: legis.sd.gov/ Use the link to find 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.