The Pre-files are here! The Pre-files are here!

Just shy of two dozen measures have been pre-filed with the Legislative Research Council, and can be viewed here. The lions' share are committee bills, although there is a measure filed by Senator Kloucek "to establish certain air quality standards for hydrogen sulfide and to provide for their application to livestock facilities."

Probably the best part of that, is that it's being primed in the House by Representative Gassman.

(Get it? Cow poop stench, Gassman... Okay, it was bad)

Senate bill 1 is An Act to provide for the mandatory withdrawal of blood or other bodily substances subsequent to arrest for driving while under influence, and it's sponsored by Senators Schoenbeck, Abdallah, Bogue, Koskan, and McCracken and Representatives Hennies, Cutler, Deadrick, Dykstra, Kraus, McCoy, McLaughlin, Michels, Murschel, O'Brien, Rhoden, Roberts, Rounds, Tornow, and Willadsen.

Most of the legislation at this point is either related to the Secretary of State's requested revision of voting laws, or the Retirement Systems' needs. There are also a few thrown in for the brand board.

Put this page on your "Must monitor list" and get ready - because in fewer than two weeks, the 2006 legislative session is about to begin!

Comments

Douglas said…
The times they are a changing. Years ago, during the Kneip administration I worked on the federal highway demonstration project SDASAP. It was an attempt to demonstrate it was possible to reduce traffic fatalities by enforcing drunk driving laws and liquor license violations, etc. etc. also a push for seat belt laws.

We had a rough time getting any kind of blood testing through the GOP-controlled legislature even for blood tests of crash fatalities. The liquor industry and Republicans claiming to be concerned about civil rights, etc. etc. opposed toughening up even the implied consent laws.

I have some concerns these days about mandatory blood tests for anything by government agencies because of the new identification techniques via DNA testing,etc.

The implied consent law should help get drunk drivers off the highway if it is actually enforced.

The problem actually starts with the liquor industry and South Dakota's ban on Dram Shop acts which shift some of the responsibility to bar owners.

The liquor industry and taxes on it should be providing all the costs of alcohol-related imprisonment and also be subsidizing our auto insurance premiums for about 50% of the cost which would be a good estimate of the share of such premiums being needed because of alcohol consumption and driving.

The Republican moralists and lets- make- it- really- easy- fo-r thug- cops to harass "those peoople" crowd always are looking for solutions in the wrong places so they can give the appearance of trying without actually goring any of their favorite campaign fund bulls.

Shut down every place that sells alcohol for one 24 hour period a week after an alcohol-related traffic crash fatality and the drunken driving problem would shrink to nearly nothing in about two months.

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