I was looking at the list of bills the Governor signed yesterday (BTW, Thank you for SB 190 Governor), and I decided to wander in the opposite direction and take a look at the bills that are still remaining on his desk for consideration:
|provide for the establishment of river basin natural resource districts.
|provide for mediation of certain drainage disputes.
|revise certain provisions regarding challenges to certain election petition signatures.
|revise certain provisions regarding elections and election petitions.
|create a leased residential property classification.
|exclude certain municipal taxes from the gross receipts used to determine the tax liability for customers served by electric cooperatives and electric utilities.
|exempt certain amateur sports coaches from sales and use tax.
|establish a youth minimum wage.
Senate Bills 2 and 3 rework what has been long-standing law with regards to drainage, not to mention SB setting up new levels of bureaucracy for many areas in the state that weren’t asking for it. This one is a stumper. I’m not sure where they’re going to fall out.
SB 67 and 69 are the election reform measures as introduced by the Secretary of State and Board of elections, and amended during their passage between the 2 houses of the legislature. Some of these reforms are badly needed to comply with military voting requirements. Some are needed to fix ‘Bosworth-ian’ petitioning practices. And most of the rest are just common sense fixes.
Are these measures perfect? No. But I suspect the Governor is leaning towards a thumbs up on these, as there are far more reasons to sign them than there are to kill them.
Generally, bills that mess with taxation tend to be subject to the Governor’s red veto pen. Sometimes the veto is overturned, sometimes not. That places SB 100, SB 136, and SB 159 at risk.
And then there’s SB 177, establishing a youth minimum wage. There are very good arguments for it, but I think given that the change is so close to the vote taken last November, and lacking hard data in terms of how it has been implemented in South Dakota, he may kill this one too.
At the very least, these have the attention of the Governor’s office, enough that they’re doing further research before they make a decision.