Week 5

On February 9, 2007, in Letters from Val, by Valentine Rausch

Hello again to Dist 4,

It’s hard to believe we have just finished week 5 of the session.

This week was a little different for me, as we are now in sub-committees and really picking up the work on the individual bills that require special funding. The appropriation bills for special funding total about 40 bills and many millions of dollars, there are many good ideas and some not so good, but by Wed or Thurs of next week we will have to decide which of these bills we will recommend to the rest of the House for their consideration and passage. It will be long mornings and tuff decisions. Hopefully we will be able to find the money for the worth while causes.

By next week, Friday, the House will have to make decisions on all the House Bills, if we fail to act on a House Bill by then it will be dead. The Senate will do the same, from that point on it will be the House’s turn to now decide on which Senate bills we think should be law and the Senate will consider all the House Bills we passed. This is known as cross over day, could be longer sessions late next week as we get through all the bills.

If you are following the bills closely you will see bills passed that will make little sense. This, in most cases, will be to keep the idea (bill) alive, but we still need to work on the details or final amounts. They will be amended in the other Chamber as we get past the cross over day. Bills that usually are in this group would be the education funding & policy bills, property tax bills, the bills for the new tobacco tax revenues, the bills concerning campaign finance reform, and well, who knows. Lots of work left to do.

As always we had a lot of visitors this last week. Some of those groups included SD Pharmacists, SD Physical Therapists, SD Nurses Assoc., Veterans of Foreign Wars, SD Student Federation, SD Insurance Agents Assoc., Missouri River Energy Services, Farm Credit Services, SD Municipal League, Voices for Children, SD Bankers Assoc., Children’s Care Hospital & School, SD Credit Union, SD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and SD Dental Assoc. It really was great to see so many from the District. Thank you for letting me know you are in town. Those visits really mean a lot to me.

If you are following bills and need input from me or have input for me, please contact me immediately. Things will move very fast this week and by all means feel free to email HYPERLINK “mailto:rep.rausch@state.sd.us” rep.rausch@state.sd.us or call 605-880-5015.

Until next week God Bless,

Rep. Val Rausch


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