South Dakota legislators began consideration today of reducing the number of times that the public is notified about poor-relief payments in a county.
Julie Bartling, D-Gregory.
State law currently requires county commissioners to publish the numbers of people receiving poor relief, the amounts paid and additional information if the payee isn’t the person receiving the relief.
Bartling’s legislation would repeal that law. She said county auditors already publish the same information in the official minutes of county commission meetings.
“It’s just to take away the duplication,” said Bartling, who served 18 years as a county auditor.
The South Dakota Association of County Officials proposed the change at the September convention.
The information will be part of the regular listings of vouchers paid, said Roger Tellinghuisen, a Rapid City lawyer who is a lobbyist for the organization.
A state law would remain in place prohibiting publication of the names of the people who received poor relief.
No one testified as an opponent. The House Local Government Committee endorsed the legislation on a vote of 11-0. The measure now goes to the full House of Representatives.
The committee also recommended passage of several other pieces of legislation brought by Bartling on behalf of county officials.
HB 1078 would give counties leeway in designating the office that keeps the county’s road maps on file. It was endorsed 11-0.
HB 1079 would increase the fee on some property tax deeds to $5 from the current $1. The fee applies to deeds for property taken by a county for delinquent property taxes.
The county treasurer prepares the deeds and would receive the additional $4. Bartling said the $1 has been in place since at least 1939. The committee endorsed the increase on a 11-0 vote.