10 Things to Know: Several pieces of legislation cover gun rights

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Editor’s note: As part of the coverage of the 2013 legislative session, the American News will provide, on most days, a list of 10 pieces of information helpful to understanding what is — and sometimes isn’t — happening at the state Capitol during the session’s three-month run.

Is some of the gun-rights legislation in the 2013 session similar to bills that didn’t make it into law in previous years?

Rep. Lance Russell, R-Hot Springs, has resurrected several measures that were in tough fights during past sessions. One would nullify South Dakota’s requirement for a permit to carry a concealed pistol, while the other would allow concealed guns in employees’ vehicles in business parking lots.

What is the concealed-carry repeal?

House Bill 1010 is a repeat, in general concept, of a bill that Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed last year. House members sustained his veto of House Bill 1248, siding with the governor 40-27. This year Russell and Sen. Ernie Otten, R-Tea, are the only sponsors of House Bill 1010. It is scheduled for a hearing Thursday morning by the House Local Government Committee.

What is the parking lot bill?

Legislators have fought repeatedly over this issue. House Bill 1129 attempts to prohibit businesses and employers from having a policy or rule against employees having firearms or ammunition in their vehicles in the parking lot, so long as the weapon or ammo is out of sight. Russell and Otten are the main sponsors on this bill too. Last year the House passed a similar bill from then-Rep. Val Rausch, R-Big Stone City, but a Senate committee killed it.

Did the House pass the chief justice’s bill to allow political parties to endorse or nominate candidates for judicial office?

House members voted 66-0 Tuesday in support of House Bill 1072. The reason, as Rep. Tim Johns, R-Lead, explained, is to avoid future potential lawsuits, after a Montana law similar to South Dakota’s current ban was struck down by a federal appeals court last summer as a violation of freedom of speech.

How is the 1-cent video lottery bill faring?

The Senate approved Senate Bill 52 Tuesday by a vote of 30-5. The legislation doesn’t expand gambling, said Sen. Dan Lederman, R-Dakota Dunes. He said the change to a penny from the current minimum of 5 cents would put South Dakota in line with other states for games from many manufacturers. No one spoke against.

What is Sen. Shantel Krebs attempting with her proposal for a $5 million grant program for agricultural facilities?

Krebs, R-Renner, would make the money available to the state Department of Transportation to use for grants for roads and bridges to new ag facilities. The legislation, Senate Bill 155, would cover processing, handling or loading of crops as well as raising or feeding livestock, including dairy. One catch: The projects can’t be inside city boundaries. Her lead sponsor in the House is Rep. Justin Cronin, R-GettySenate Billurg.

What got into Rep. Peggy Gibson, who has five wildlife and trapping bills?

Gibson, D-Huron, said she was approached by trappers last summer and she wants to “have a conversation” with the Game, Fish and Parks Department this session.

What are Gibson’s road-kill bills?

House Bill 1144 would allow motorists to euthanize deer that have been injured in road accidents, while House Bill 1145 would declare “road kill” animals to be taken on a first-come basis unless they’re already marked for disposal.

What are her trapping bills?

1146 would prohibit conservation officers, state trappers and wildlife damage specialists from engaging in private trapping, while 1147 would transfer all trapping laws and rules from GFP to the state agriculture department. 1148 would alter some trap-checking requirements.

Are township meeting dates going to change?

Sen. Bill Van Gerpen, R-Tyndall, wants to give township boards more flexibility. He would allow them to hold at least three meetings per year, in addition to the annual meeting and the board of equalization meeting. State law currently requires the three meetings to be the last Tuesday of February, the last Tuesday of March and the last Tuesday of October. The legislation is Senate Bill 122.