SB 137 Tabled in the House

on Wed Mar 12 2014, 08:45AM | by Kim

In response to the passed HB1041, the full Senate tabled SB137.

03/11/2014House of Representatives Tabled, Passed, YEAS 66, NAYS 3. H.J. 729Audio Available4:14:41

HB 1041 passes Senate

on Tue Mar 11 2014, 06:29PM | by Kim

HB 1041 passes the Senate with a vote of 34 in favor and 1 against. 

The bill appropriates seven million two hundred thousand dollars ($7,200,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, to the railroad trust fund created by § 49-16C-1 for the purposes of planning, enlarging, maintaining, equipping, and protecting railroads and railroad facilities.

The House appropriated one million two hundred thousand dollars ($1,200,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, to the railroad trust fund created by § 49-16C-1 for the purposes of planning, enlarging, maintaining, equipping, and protecting railroads and railroad facilities, so the Bill will go to a conference committee to iron out the details.

SB 137 passes the House Appropriations Committee

on Thu Mar 06 2014, 11:46AM | by Kim

SB 137 as amended is passed unanimously by the House Appropriations Committee.
Audio when available.

HB 1041 Bill to rehabilitate bridge of Missouri River

on Sat Mar 01 2014, 10:15AM | by Kim

Senate Appropriations Committee hears testimony on repairing the bridge over the Missouri River at Chamberlain. Starts at 23:56 minutes.
02/27/2014Deferred by ChairAudio Available00:23:56
03/03/2014Scheduled for hearing  


on Sat Mar 01 2014, 09:49AM | by Kim

Here are links to information submitted with the SD DOT's application for Tiger V in 2013. It provides all the information you may have heard of but never seen.  Check it out!

On to the House

on Tue Feb 25 2014, 07:27PM | by Kim

This afternoon SB 137 passed the full Senate unanimously.  As is standard procedure in Pierre, the Bill was amended to decrease the funding level to 1 dollar from 6 million dollars. 
02/25/2014Senate Motion to amend, Passed S.J. 460 Amendment 137meAudio Available1:02:52
02/25/2014Senate Do Pass Amended, Passed, YEAS 35, NAYS 0. S.J. 461Audio Available1:02:52

Mercer mistates on Rails to the Future

on Mon Feb 24 2014, 03:49PM | by Kim

Bob Mercer writing on the Rails to the Future (SB137) testimony during the Senate Appropiations Committee reported that SD Wheatgrowers CEO Dale Locken stated they will build in Presho.  Mr Locken did not state Presho or any location on the rail as a site for construction and refered only to the "rail west of Chamberlain".
Mr Locken's testimony is at about 40:30 and he is asked a question at 57 minutes in.

Time for Action

on Sun Feb 23 2014, 11:33AM | by Kim

Dear Rails to the Future supporter,
I am pleased to inform you that our legislation to appropriate funding to rehabilitate the railroad from Chamberlain-west (SB 137) passed the State Appropriations Committee with a unanimous vote this morning.  The bill now moves to the Senate Floor and will be debated on Tuesday, February 25th
Please contact State Senators across the state and urge them to support the legislation.  The easiest way to contact them is by email through this link-
Just click on their name, and then click on the link that says “Contact Senator….”
The Office of the Governor testified in opposition to the legislation so we also urge you to contact the Office of the Governor and urge Governor Daugaard to support the project.   His office main telephone number is 605.773.3212.  If you call over the weekend, you can leave a message.  His email contact page is
I have attached some talking points and an economic summary that you can use to help write your message.  The more personal your email or phone message, the better- and please be respectful. 
If you contact a legislator and/or the Governor, please let me know so I can keep track of how many contacts have been made and who specifically has been contacted. 
We still have a lot of work to do and our work ahead will be very difficult, but this project is gaining some steam and we need to capitalize on our momentum now by contacting senators and the Governor. 

Amended SB 137 passes Senate Appropiations.

on Sat Feb 22 2014, 08:36AM | by Kim

A unanimous Senate appropriations committee voted to send SB 137 to the full senate with an amendment.
Senator Timmerman introduced an amendment to restore 6 million from the Property Tax relief fund to fund SB 137. 
In 2005 $40 million was moved to The PropertyTax Relief Fund from the railroad fund. Those funds came from the sale of rail line to the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern railroad. Sen Vehle reminded Senator's on the committee that it was stated at the time that if a viable railroad project presented itself that money would be available for use on state owned railroad.
The Senate Appropriation  Committee spent 45 minutes hearing testimony from Sen Mike Vehle, prime sponsor of the bill, ; Steve Halverson , Chair of Rails to the Future; Dale Locken : CEO of South Dakota Wheatgrowers: Chuck Jepson, builder of Liberty Grain in Kimball; Angela Ehlers of Presho; Rep James Schaeffer of Kennebec and Nick Jorgenson of Brookings provided economic analysis. 
Opposition to the bill was voiced by Emily Ward, South Dakota Bureau of Finance & Management and Matt Konenkamp the Governors Policy Advisor for Transportation.

Go to page  1 2 3

SB 137 in Appropiations Committee Kim @ (Sat Feb 22 2014, 08:31AM) (Misc)