There’s no announcement yet, but a lawmaker says Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed his first bill of 2013.
On Tuesday, I previewed the batch of bills still awaiting action by Daugaard, and looked at the possibility that we could see no vetoes this year.
“I haven’t got the sense from conversations with the governor’s staff that there will be anything upsetting,” said Sen. Russell Olson, R-Wentworth, the Senate Majority Leader. “The bills the executive branch was tracking and opposed to, that I was aware of, he’s already signed.”
But yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Jason Frerichs highlighted one bill that could draw a veto that I hadn’t focused on: Senate Bill 115, which increases fertilizer fees and uses the revenue to fund fertilizer research.
"I would expect 115 will be vetoed, the fertilizer increase," said Frerichs, a supporter of the measure.
After tweeting about this, Sen. Shantel Krebs, R-Renner, confirmed Frerichs’ speculation:
@argusmontgomery:yes the Gov did veto SB115.
Krebs is the prime sponsor for SB 115. Prime sponsors typically get courtesy calls when their bill is vetoed before Daugaard announces his action to the public:
As the prime sponsor of SB115 I got the call early this morning letting me know the Gov will be vetoing it. I appreciated the phone call.— Shantel Krebs (@shantelkrebs) March 20, 2013
SB 115 passed both houses over the two-thirds threshold needed to override a veto, but it did have sizable opposition in both chambers. Supporters said the fertilizer industry was asking to tax themselves, which made it okay. Opponents said it was wrong for government to tax private businesses to fund research.