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IF-" 13 The Burke (SD) Gazette, Wednesday, March 9, 2016 By: Week 8 of the legislative ses- desk. I am proud to have voted for sion is complete and by the time HB 1182. that you are reading this, we will Is this bill perfect? No, it's only be a couple of days away from not. But it is a very good step in completing our legislative work. the right direction. A wise friend of There will be a two-week break be- mine once told me that "we should fore veto day (March 29th) and the not let the perfect be the enemy of official close of the 91st legislative the good." It is never easy to sup- session, port a tax increase nor is it typically HB 1182, has been the talk of popular, but in this case we heard the session. This is the Governor's from thousands of South Dakotans proposal to fund education and in- both across our state and in this dis- crease teacher pay by increasing trict that it is time to be BOLD and the state sales tax by penny. I get out of last place in the nation in am pleased to report that HB 1182 teacher pay. passed out of the Senate floor Tues- My Grandma Betty taught day, March 1st, by a 25-10 vote and school in Eagle Butte for 50 years. will now head to the Governor's She worked tirelessly for SD, spend- ing countless hours after school and before, using money out of her own pocket to buy shoes, coats, and school supplies for kids in need. Not much as changed since then. Teachers are still just as dedicated to our schools and our students. The other thing that hasn't changed is that when my grandma taught school, we were last in the nation Herrick Legion Hall Sunday, 8:00 AM to 12 Noon EVERYONE Gregory Co. f | II II !/ I fiafarda j, March lq q:50 - :t.t:50 a.m. ;Ixrke, Civic, Ce or l lost: Teri Schocncfclc Instructor: Jarnic Divine i~::iii ~iiiiiiii~iCii/i!iii;~ :/i: / ~ .... ;~iii?: ~i~ii;i~; in teacher pay and we are still last today. On Tuesday, March 1st, we were on the right side of history. This funding gets us out of last, but we cannot stop here. We must continue down the path of not just getting us out of last in the nation, but even more important, getting us out of last place in our region. Those are the states that we are re- ally competing with. We have great teachers in South Dakota, and this will be a financial victory for them and our schools, but most importantly this will be a moral victory for our schools and teachers. Teachers and schools have waited for far too long for this day to come. But this isn't just about our teachers. This is about our kids. They are our future, and in order to give them the best opportunity for success we need to retain and attract the best and brightest teachers that we possibly can. liB 1182 is truly a victory for SD and will go a long way in accomplishing that goal. The passage of the increased sales tax and the education reform package will change the face of education in South Dakota forever. We made history on March 1st, and it is a his- tory that we can all be proud of! On Tuesday, March 1st, Gov- ernor Daugaard also vetoed House Bill 1008 - the proposal governing which bathroom facilities transgen- der students can use in school. Gov- ernor Daugaard sent a statement to the members of both the House and the Senate, in which he laid out why he was vetoing HB 1008. In that message, local control by our school districts was the over arching theme. He explained that he felt it was best left to local school districts to handle these sensitive issues, and he stated that they are taking care of these situations already. He wrote that the "best government is the government closest to the people." Governor Daugaard also stated that this legislation would have removed the ability of local school districts to determine the most appropriate ac- commodations for their individual students and replaced that flexibil- ity with a state mandate. His final reasoning for vetoing the bill was because he believed that "[i]nstead of encouraging local solutions, this bill broadly regulates in a manner that invites conflict and litigation, diverting energy and resources from the education of the children of this state." In order to override a Gover- nor's veto, it would take a 2/3 vote of the legislature. The House voted last Thursday, March 3rd, to sustain Governor Daugaard's veto of HB 1008, meaning this legislation will not become law. Last week, Governor Daugaard announced he was delaying a mea- sure to expand Medicaid until after this session despite federal authori- ties agreeing to a plan that allows South Dakota to negotiate certain aspects of the IHS reimbursement process. I was disappointed by this pass, and it is dangerous business to "announcement, but I am encouraged disturb the CUP public notice, input that Governor Daugaard's commit- and appeal process in the name of ment to finding a South Dakota one kind of development. The pub- solution for our Native American lic deserves a chance to have notice population and Medicaid expan- of and raise concerns about what sion. Medicaid expansion through kinds of burdens any large devel- the Governor's plan is a win-win for opment project or operation might South Dakota as it saves lives and have in their area. It is always bet- money. It is very possible that we ter to err on the side of more public will see a "special session" of the input rather than less. legislature to vote on this issue as As the session comes to a early as June or July. close, I believe we have accom- House Bill 1140 passed plished many great things for South through the Senate this week al- Dakota, and I look for many more lowing changes to county zoning solutions to South Dakota problems laws, specifically aimed at making in the years to come. I am proud it easier for confined animal feeding of the fact that both Democrats and operations (CAFOs) to obtain con- Republicans can work together in ditional use permits. I opposed the South Dakota, and we have shown bill because it is a big change in the that very good things can happen county-level democratic process. It when we work together to solve a limits public input and restricts tax- problem. payers' and property owners' due I encourage anyone to contact process options. To me, the bill is me with questions, concerns, and limiting citizen's voices in the name new ideas on how we can improve of one economic development poli- South Dakota as we move through cy. It is very important to balance the rest of 2016. It is an honor to agricultural development with the be your Senator, and I will continue rights of property owners and the working hard for all of you and for protection of our local natural re- the great state of South Dakota. sources. The proponents of the leg- sen.sutton@state.sd.us islation couldn't demonstrate a clear 605-830-5540 need for the change in the approval District 21 Senator process. CAFOs can be an impor- Minority Leader tant source of economic develop- Billie H. Sutton ment, but they don't deserve a free By: State Representative Eight weeks down and one to for added opportunities for medical go in the 91st Legislative Session! care for 50,000 plus South Dakota The final day for all bills to pass citizens. through the respective chambers is Senate bill 59 has passed the Tuesday, March 8th with the final House which is a bill that clarified day of Session on Friday, March the special road levy that counties llth. Veto day is scheduled for may levy based upon their valu- March 29th. ations. This provision was a part The Governor announced onof the transportation funding bill Monday of this past week that passed in 2015 (SB 1). Apparently, Medicaid Expansion will not hap- there was confusion as to the pro- pen during this Session. The much cedure that counties need to follow- anticipated letter from CMS arrived ing when wanting to place a spe- on the Governor's desk that would cial road levy tax into their taxing allow for full coverage for Na- efforts. This bill clarifies the need tive Americans provided by IHS. for a 2/3 majority vote of the com- However, the incentive for Tribal missioners to impose the tax, the Leaders and hospitals to enter into ability of the taxpayers to refer the contracts for services is minimized resolution to a vote, and the ability without the expansion of Medicaid. to continue the annual levy for the The Governor stated that he is com- purposes of generating additional mitted to expanding Medicaid and revenue for roads and bridges. To will call for a Special Session of the date, only 6 counties have imple- Legislature this summer to address mented the special road levy. doing such. He will also be travel- Senate bill 106 also passed the ling the state to inform citizens of house which would push the effort the benefits of Medicaid Expansion to collect the sales tax on sales from and the revenue/costs associated remote sellers on the internet. This with it. Medicaid Expansion is a 'Main Street Fairness" issue has winning effort for all South Dako- been around for years with no tans and this legislator is hopeful Continued on Page 14 .,J