State legislature resumes after 3 day weekend

PIERRE, S.D. — The work week begins Tuesday at the state capitol with a schedule full of committee meetings and hearings.

In the House’s Health and Human Services Committee, members will discuss House Bill 1056, which would allow electric monitoring of residents in assisted living or nursing home facilities. The bill states that the cost of installing and operating the device would fall on a resident at the facility. Any disabling of the device would be classified as a class two misdemeanor, which is punishable up to 30 days in jail.

Tuesday will also see the second reading of Senate Bill 27 in the state Senate, which would establish a missing persons clearinghouse. While the state already has a clearinghouse for the missing, this bill would facilitate the administration and upkeep of the list. As of now, the state’s clearinghouse lists seven missing but state officials recognize the numbers are much higher.

Other bills up for discussion include a Senate bill which would authorize money from the Crime Victims’ Fund to go to law enforcement in instances where they pay certain emergency expenses for victims.

And another bill in the Senate tweaks pesticide registration, application, and enforcement.

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