How They Voted: Mitchell legislators, Feb. 11-17, 2010

  Sen. Mike Vehle Rep. Lance Carson Rep. Noel Hamiel
RURAL TELECOM (HB 1097): The state House of Representatives voted 37-31 to reject legislation intended to halt a business practice where rural carriers partner with businesses to offer "free" conference calling and chat lines. A "no" vote was to reject the legislation.   No No
GRASSLANDS (HB 1202): The House passed, by a vote of 48-21, legislation that would change the way pastures and other agricultural grasslands are valued for property-tax purposes in South Dakota. The bill would classify native grasslands and other lands that have been seeded to grass for at least 10 years as non-cropland, and the bill now goes to the Senate.   Yes Yes
DAY CARE PROTECTION (SB 42): The Senate voted 34-1 to bar people from working in family day care homes if they are on the sex offender registry. The bill now goes to the House. Yes    
SCHOOL HIRING (HB 1117): The House voted 59-10 to allow school districts to hire people who were convicted of trafficking in narcotics. The bill has since been defeated by a Senate committee.    No  Yes
TAX REFUND REFORM (HB 1060): The House voted 48-19 for the governor’s plan to trim tax refunds for large business projects and agricultural processing plants. The bill now goes to the Senate.    Yes  Yes
SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS (HB 1190): The state House of Representatives decided, on a 66-3 vote, that high school students should get more flexibility in choosing courses that qualify toward earning the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship. The legislation would allow credits from some career and technical education courses in high school to be counted for earning the scholarship.    Yes  Yes
SECRET BALLOT (SJR 3): The Senate decided, by a vote of 22-13, to ask voters to change South Dakota’s constitution to guarantee government elections and labor elections that are held by secret ballot. The proposed amendment goes next to the House.  Yes    
CROSSWALK RIGHTS (SB 98): Pedestrians in crosswalks no longer would be guaranteed the right of way in some situations under legislation passed 20-13 by the state Senate. The bill would prohibit pedestrians from suddenly leaving the crosswalk or other place of safety and walking or running into the path of a vehicle that was so close as to constitute “an immediate hazard.” The House next takes up the issue. Yes    
CHRISTMAS FIREWORKS (HB 1241): The House voted 61-8 to allow fireworks to be sold during the Christmas holiday period in South Dakota. The legislation now goes to the Senate for action.    Yes  Yes
BILLBOARD FEES (HB 1042): State fees for highway billboards would rise in price under legislation passed by the House on a 53-16 vote.    No  Yes
DITCH MOWING (HB 1239): County commissions in South Dakota could get authority to require landowners and occupants of property to mow ditches along secondary roads in unorganized townships. The House voted 41-26 for the legislation, which now goes to the Senate.    No  No
BIRTHING CENTERS (HB 1183): The state House of Representatives decided, 67-1, to allow birthing centers to operate in South Dakota. The proposed law, which goes next to the Senate, describes a birthing center as "a homelike facility existing within a health care system with a program of care designed in the wellness model of pregnancy and birth that provides family-centered care for healthy women before, during and after normal pregnancy, labor, and birth."    No  Yes
SCHOOL FUNDING (SB 124): South Dakota school districts would receive zero increase in per-pupil funding for next year, under legislation approved 27-8 by the state Senate. The decision marks a break from current law, which calls for the funding to increase by the rate of inflation up to a maximum of 3 percent. Schools would have been owed a 1.2 percent increase for 2011 under current law. The bill now goes to the House.  Yes    
CLIMATE LEGISLATION (HCR 1008): The state Senate voted 24-8 in favor of a resolution urging Congress to oppose energy and climate legislation under consideration. The resolution, which is only a statement of the Legislature’s position and lacks any legal effect, was earlier passed 48-21 by the House of Representatives.  Yes    
HOME SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS (HB 1160): For the first time, students who receive their high school educations in home schools or similar alternative environments would be able to qualify for the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship, under legislation passed 42-24 by the House. The legislation now goes to the Senate.   Yes Yes
PRE-K PROGRAM (SB 191): The state Senate passed, 19-14, legislation paving the way for pre-kindergarten programs that would serve lower-income children throughout South Dakota. The proposed law establishes a 16-member Early Learning Council appointed by the governor and sets requirements that communities must follow to be eligible to participate. The community plans would need approval by the council. The measure now moves to the House. Yes    

6 thoughts on “How They Voted: Mitchell legislators, Feb. 11-17, 2010

  1. It is worth noting that our two Republican representatives from Davis Aurora Counties do not always “rubber stamp” an idea. They actually vote differebtly at times. This brings back a similar situation of thirty some years ago when Representatives Dorothy Nepstad and Stan Johnson often voted differently from each other.

  2. Here’s part of what our Capitol reporter, Bob Mercer, reported about HB 1117:

    Rep. Larry Lucas, D-Mission, brought the narcotics legislation. It would require at least seven years to have elapsed since the conviction, and school district officials would need to determine the person was rehabilitated.

    State law currently bars school districts from employing directly or indirectly any person convicted of a crime of violence, a sex offense or narcotics trafficking.

    Rep. Charlie Hoffman, R-Eureka, supported the change because drug crimes are “a very easily made mistake in certain environments.”

  3. Thank you, Seth. I may have read toooo much into the word trafficking. In my mind it was……actively selling. I guess a sale to a friend, to just recoup the cost of the narcotic by some wayward, immature, college student, is not the same as living off the proceeds from a sale.
    (we all know young people’s brains are not fully developed.) 😉

  4. I wondered about that “yes” vote myself, so thanks for getting an explanation of the bill, Seth.

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