Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Alert E-mail #11

Feb. 6th, 2006



Hello To All,


Thank you to everyone who contacted the Senate Judiciary committee members. HB 1134, the "no retreat, self defense" bill, passed out of committee today with only one NO vote. For some reason, Senator Koetzle (Dist. 15 - Sioux Falls) did not like the bill. The good news is, the bill has been amended back to its original version as it was first introduced in the House. As you may remember from past Alert E-Mails, a House Judiciary committee member requested and was granted an amendment to the original bill which substantially weakened it. Senator Schoenbeck (Dist. 5 - Watertown) and Senator Knudson (Dist. 14 - Sioux Falls), did an excellent job diagnosing the bill from the legal standpoint and conveyed a need to reinstate the previously amended out language. So now the bill goes to the full Senate with the original language intact. Please, now send a short e-mail to your Senator asking him or her to support HB 1134 when it comes to the Senate floor vote. If you are unsure who your Senator is, the information can be found on our web site at: http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2005/senrost.htm  and your Legislative District can be found at: http://sdshootingsports.org/Documents/CitiesDistricts.pdf


We knew all along that this bill would prove to be a challenge but we have taken it quite a way thanks to everyone's help and messages. Now is not the time to ease away from it. Being amended again, back to its original form, now means it must return to the House floor for a vote to concur or not to concur, after the full Senate hopefully approves it. There will be no further committee hearings, just floor debates from this point on. If you have not already contacted your Senator, now is the time. If your Senator was one of the committee members, thank them for their vote of support. They will undoubtedly vote for it on the Senate floor.


In other activity, HB 1075 was again deferred to another day. No reason for concern, the committee just ran out of time. That bill is in great shape.


HB 1173 and HB 1199 are still waiting for a date to be heard. I will send information to you as soon as it becomes available. If you missed any past Alert E-Mails containing facts about these bills, they are archived on my blog site at http://sdssala.blogspot.com/


The four SDSSA Quick Polls are still running at http://sdshootingsports.org/quick_polls.htm if you have not already voted. The optional comments have proven to be very helpful and informative. Please vote only once per poll, but you can go back and submit a comment at any time. Many of these comments I have been sharing with Legislators, so keep them coming in.


As always; please forward this message to every gun owner you know. If this message was forwarded to you and you would prefer to become a member of the SDSSA Alert E-mail list, register at http://sdshootingsports.org/legislative_affairs_signup.htm and you will be added to the largest pro-firearms e-mail network in state of South Dakota. Our unduplicated legislative success rate stands at 100% without ever having solicited funds from anyone.


Thank You,


David F. Conway,

SD Shooting Sports Assoc.-Legislative Affairs


P.O. Box 402

Black Hawk,  SD     57718-0402

Phone:     605-787-5713

Fax:          605-786-0339

E-mail:      sdssala@rushmore.com



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