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The GOAC meeting on Tues, April 25, is one to keep an eye on!

Non-meandered lakes will be THE topic to keep an eye on!

On Tuesday, April 25, the legislative Government Operations & Audit Committee (GOAC) will meet in Pierre for its second meeting of the year. This is a meeting worth keeping an eye on for many reasons; I’ll go into some of those reasons as I list the agenda items below. Due to this meeting have so many big-ticket topic I plan to be in Pierre on Tuesday in order to record a video of the proceedings. Hopefully that will allow more people to see what GOAC does or doesn’t do.

The previous GOAC meeting was held on March 28 in Pierre. The minutes from that meeting can be read here.

The agenda for the upcoming April 25 meeting can be viewed here.  For this post I will briefly list each agenda items. Additionally I will add some notes pertaining to each agenda item.

Item 1 – Department of Legislative Audit to review the Single Audit Report for the State of South Dakota for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016

This agenda item has the two following documents posted online:

I haven’t had a chance to actually browse through either file yet.

Item 2 – Brand Board to review the 2016 annual report

The two documents available for this agenda item are:

Over the last few years I’ve learned the branding board is VERY important to ranchers. Cattle stealing still happens and the Brand Board is one tool used to keep rustling under control.

Item 3 – Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services to discuss Federal Communication Commission Direct Video Calling

For this agenda item the Department of Human Services (DHS) will give a presentation on Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS). The documents available for this meeting are:

Item 4 – Department of Game, Fish and Parks to discuss the discontinued access to non-meandering waters in South Dakota

Now we are up to what I think will be one of the, if not the, biggest item of the 2018 legislative session: non-meandered waters! This is a top that pits sportsmen against landowners against GFP. It is a topic I will spend more time blogging about this summer, so I will keep this particular blurb short. But I will say this is a topic everyone should be paying attention to. GFP’s move to close access to certain non-meandered lakes after a recent SD Supreme Court decision is getting a lot of attention. My next blog about this topic will be going over some of terminology and history around the topic.

Item 5 – Auditor General to provide an update on the Mid Central Educational Cooperative Special Review Report and the fiscal year 2015 Single Audit – final report to be reviewed at a future GOAC meeting

This is an ongoing issue and will continue to be HUGE. A lot of pressure is being placed on GOAC to find out everything about the GEAR-UP scandals, especially with MCEC. Recently Sen Stace Nelson (R, Dist 19) called out Rep Kyle Schoenfish (R, Dist 19)  for his firms part in auditing certain entities involved in these scandals. That will likely come up during the meeting as well. Unfortunately the Auditor General has not posted a copy of the audit update. People are demanding answers and hopefully this meeting will start to provide some of them.

Item 6 – Bureau of Human Resources to discuss:
• The length of time needed between the employment application and
the job offer
• Performance management indicators

I haven’t really looked into this agenda item….

Item 7 – Future meeting topics:

Finally, here is a list of what GOAC hopes to accomplish later in the year:

  • Juvenile Corrections Reports
  • Review the Mid Central Educational Cooperative Special Review Report
  • Department of Revenue review of performance indicators
  • Bureau of Information and Telecommunications review of performance indicators
  • University Centers financial review
  • Board of Regents application and acceptance process
  • Annual report from the Obligation Recovery Center
  • Annual reports from agencies receiving funds from the Building South Dakota Fund
  • Report from Bureau of Human Resources on compiled authorizations to derive a direct benefit from a contract
  • Report from the Auditor General on compiled authorizations to derive a direct benefit from a contract
  • Annual report from the South Dakota 911 Coordination Board
  • Review the annual work plan and report of the State Board of Internal Control
  • Annual report from the South Dakota High School Activities Association

Many of those topics will likely be blog-worthy. And all of the topics are worth keeping an eye on!

Rules Review meeting on Tues April 12

On Tuesday, April 12, at 10:00 am CT the SD legislative Rules Review committee will meet in Pierre.

This is the first meeting of the year to actually look at rules. The previous meeting on March 19 was mostly organizational. There was one interesting item from the March 19 meeting that might be worth looking at before going into the April 12 meeting. The previous meeting had an agenda item of

  • Department of Game, Fish and Parks’ proposal regarding license allocation

I speculated what this was about before. Here is what the minutes from the March 19 meeting actually says about this agenda item:

Department of Game, Fish and Parks’ proposal regarding license allocation

Mr. Tony Leif distributed a handout entitled “State Statutes”, “East River Deer – 2015”, and an example of the current language used in administrative rule and their proposed language which will show the number of licenses by season, not by unit (Document 2). Mr. Leif reviewed the documents and asked the committee to consider allowing the department to change the way license allocations are handled in the administrative rules. Following a brief discussion, it was the consensus of the committee to try it as long as the committee is provided a spreadsheet that shows two years of license allocations and provided the charts are available to the public on the departments’ website.

This seems to be a big enough change I would have thought it would have more information available. The rules.sd.gov listing for this rule doesn’t offer much more info. This rule is combined with another one listed on the April 12 agenda.

Perhaps more discussion of this topic will occur during the April 12 meeting. Now its time to look at that meeting.

Department of Game, Fish and Parks

Amend an Application for License rule to authorize the Department Secretary to authorize a terminally ill resident to hunt deer, antelope and turkey during established seasons under certain terms and conditions. (This rule has been filed.)

This rule doesn’t show up on rules.sd.gov. It does however show up in the minutes from the GFP Commission’s March 3-4 meeting.  Here is part of what was said:

Director Tony Leif provided information on the request from verne Boer and the Outdoor Adventure Organization that would allow for terminally ill residents to hunt deer, antelope and turkey through a onetime authorization granted by the Department. Leif further explained the differences which determine the qualifications for the authorizations surrounding the age criteria ouflined in the administrative rule. He also stated recipients must be a resident and are not eligible to receive multiple licenses for different species as this is a onetime license for each species and that authorizations will only be valid within established hunting seasons. Request will be submitted by field office staff to the Department secretary who would grant the authorization based on each individuals circumstance within the guidelines provided in the administrative rule.

Department of Game, Fish and Parks

Dry Creek State Waterfowl Refuge. Screen capture from SD GFP document.
Dry Creek State Waterfowl Refuge. Screen capture from SD GFP document.

Amend a Refuges rule to eliminate the Dry Creek State Waterfowl Refuge.

Here is the the rules.sd.gov listing for this rule (it is included with the licensing changes noted at the beginning of this post).

This is part of what appears in the minutes from the GFP Commission’s March 3-4 meeting:

Kirschenmann and Stone presented the Department recommendation to remove the Dry creek state waterfowl Refuge based on the fact a key landowner has pulled out of the Lower oahe waterfowl Access program and within that landowner contract was the contingency of having this refuge in place. stone also described to the commission that staff will be further evaluating other refuges on the Missouri River system and obtaining public input over the next year.

Department of Game, Fish and Parks

The proposed administrative rule change will: 1) amend the rules on uses of parks and public lands, (2) amend the rules on application for license for second draw elk licenses, 3) amend the minimum air gun specifications rule, 4) amend goose hunting season rules related to the August Management Take, 5) amend boundary and season date rules for the early fall Canada goose and waterfowl seasons, 6) amend rules and license allocations for the Black Hills, Prairie, and Custer State Park elk hunting seasons, and 7) amend the rules and license allocations for the Custer State Park non-trophy bison hunt.

Here is the rule on rules.sd.gov.

There is quite a lot going on with these proposed rule changes. It might be worth it for the sportsmen to read through the rule changes!

Department of Revenue: Commission on Gaming

Amend Gaming rules to add a new version of blackjack (Bonus Spin Counts Kustom Blackjack) to the list of authorized blackjack games; add new pay tables and revise the rules in accordance with the new pay tables for Dead Man’s Hand Blackjack; add a variation of the play of blackjack known as Bonus Spin Counts Kustom Blackjack; amend a rule The Play – Ultimate Texas Hold’em to recognize that bets cannot exceed $1,000 bet limit; and amend a Control Program Requirements rule to change the number of recalls for play history from two to ten games.

Here is the rule on rules.sd.gov.

I honestly didn’t realize there were so many variations to blackjack!

Bureau of Administration

Amend rules to increase maximum fees chargeable for legal publications by two percent.

Here is the rule on rules.sd.gov.

If you look at the fiscal note for this rule, the interesting part is it will allow newspapers to increase the price of publishing certain items by 2%.

Bureau of Human Resources: Civil Service Commission

Civil Service Commission to review proposed rules change to add two forms that may be submitted to prove eligibility for veterans’ preference. The new forms are for National Guard and Army Reserve service.

Here is the rule on rules.sd.gov.

I didn’t realize NGB22 couldn’t be used to prove eligibility for veterans’ preference.

Department of Health: Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners

(1) Updates ARSD 20:47:03:13 to provide a process for physician locum tenens certificate holders to extend the duration of the certificate; (2) repeals ARSD 20:52:01:03.02 which requires a physician assistant and their supervising physician visit each separate practice location; (3) updates outdated language in ARSD 20:63 related to athletic trainers; (4) updates outdated language in ARSD 20:64 related to occupational therapists; (5) adds ARSD 20:66:03 to create continuing education requirements for licensed physical therapists; and (6) adds ARSD 20:83:01 to create continuing education requirements for licensed nutritionists and dietitians.

Here is the rule on rules.sd.gov.

I really don’t have enough interest in this topic to look further into it.