ELECTION 2014: South Dakota governor's transportation record

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 9/30/2014

In the lead-up to Election Day it’s a good idea to take a look back at some significant actions by incumbents. For South Dakota, Gov. Dennis Daugaard is again vying for the votes of truckers and others.

He is running against Democratic state Rep. Susan Wismer.

It is no small task for South Dakota voters to keep up with even the most notable actions taken by the governor during his time in office. While many professional drivers can recall precisely the actions relative to trucking that have been taken, others welcome a helpful reminder.

Below are some actions relevant to trucking that the Republican governor has taken during his four years on the job.

During his first year in office, Daugaard vetoed a bill to increase certain vehicle registration fees to pay for improvements to local roads and bridges. However, the Legislature voted to override the 2011 veto.

The governor said in a veto statement that the fee increases would unfairly hit state residents in a struggling economy. He also said the state should hold off on increasing fees until a federal highway bill is approved.

One year later Daugaard signed a bill into law to forbid indemnification clauses in trucking contracts. The clauses are set up to protect shippers or hold them harmless from anything that happens with a shipment.

Affected contracts are defined as “a contract or agreement” between a motor carrier and a shipper covering the transportation of property for hire by the motor carrier, entry on property to load, unload or transport property, including the storage of property.

During the same regular session, Daugaard also signed a bill to establish a license fee and a renewal fee for motor carriers licensing under the International Fuel Tax Agreement. The two-year old rule also set up fees for decals and mailing.

Earlier this year the governor endorsed two rule changes that cover ticket cameras. The first new law prohibits communities from partnering with photo ticketing companies to access necessary information to send red-light camera tickets for alleged violations.

Daugaard also signed into law a bill that prohibits information about South Dakota drivers from being shared with out-of-state agencies for the collection of civil fines that result from camera tickets.

To view more information on Gov. Daugaard’s actions on transportation issues, visit votesmart.org. Rep. Wismer’s actions are also available.

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