Week 6

On February 15, 2008, in Letters from Val, by Valentine Rausch

Week 6 of the 2008 session.

Hello again from Pierre.

This week was a very busy and exciting week. All of the bills had to leave their House of origin and be either voted up or down and then sent to the other House for their consideration. It gives all the bills that are still alive about 2 weeks to find their final form and then to find their way to the Governor’s desk for his final consideration. The bills that will see the most changes will be the remaining education bills. I have already received numerous e-mails and comments and I encourage and welcome the feedback. It must be known that a majority of the members must agree before anything becomes law. So a lot of work to be done yet for sure. The 2 education bills would be HB 1124 & SB 187. Please review these bills and relay your feedback as soon as you can. I’ll be interested to see the responses.

Appropriations finished the week by clearing all the House Bills, as I’ve mentioned before, some of the bills had the money removed or reduced to a $1 so the bill could stay alive until we can see the revenue projections, which should be Wednesday or Thursday, and try and determine if and to what extent they can be funded. We started hearing the Senate Bills this Friday and will continue with them next week. We now will decide if the House and Senate agree.

The property tax bills 1005 & 1006 have now passed both houses and are being delivered to the Governor’s desk for his consideration. These bills will change how property tax has been figured and evaluated. The delayed implementation date will allow the calculations to begin and any necessary fixes to be made before it actually take affect.

There will be some very interesting debate coming in the next couple of weeks on issues such as Liquor License, minimum hunting age mentor program, changes to open meeting laws, open records laws, eminent domain laws, etc. You get the idea, lots of fun yet!!

There has been some flu and other bugs floating around the capitol and I managed to catch one. I was able to make all my meetings and votes, but I need to apologize if I missed some visitors this week. I’m feeling better and hope to be in full form again soon. My wife, Paula, did join me in Pierre for Valentine’s Day and also to attend the SD National Guard Dining Out. It is a black tie affair to thank and recognize our servicemen and women for all they’ve done and continue to do for our State and Nation.

If you are in Pierre, please look me up, I love to meet with those who make the trip.

As always please contact me with any of your legislative concerns at 605-880-5015 or valrausch@hotmail.com or rep.rausch@state.sd.us Thank you and God Bless, Val


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