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The Conference Committee respectfully reports that it has considered HB 1237 and the amendments thereto made by the Senate, and the disagreement of the two houses thereon, and recommends that HB 1237 be amended as follows:

     On page 1, line 4, of the Senate engrossed bill, delete "one dollar ($1)" and insert "six hundred fifty thousand dollars ($ 650,000 )".

     On page 1, line 10, after "by" insert "section 1 of".

     On page 1, between lines 10 and 11, insert:

"      Section 3. There is hereby appropriated from the general fund the sum of nine hundred ninety- two thousand one hundred twenty-eight dollars ($992,128), or so much thereof as may be necessary, and three hundred eighty-nine thousand six hundred twenty dollars ($ 389,620 ) of other fund expenditure authority, or so much thereof as may be necessary, to the Department of Social Services to provide sales tax on food refunds for South Dakota families pursuant to chapter 28-1.

     Section 4. The secretary of the Department of Social Services shall approve vouchers and the state auditor shall draw warrants to pay expenditures authorized by section 3 of this Act.".

     On page 1, after line 12, insert:

"      Section 4. That ยง 28-1-71 be amended to read as follows:

     28-1-71.   To be eligible for the sales tax on food refund program, a person shall:

             (1)      Be a South Dakota resident;

             (2)      Be the head of the household and certify the number of persons in the household;

             (3)      Have countable income at or above one hundred thirty percent and below one hundred fifty fifty-one percent of the federal poverty level, as updated annually by the Department of Social Services in administrative rules promulgated pursuant to chapter 1-26 ;

             (4)    Not be a recipient of food stamp benefits . ".


     On page 1, line 2, of the Senate engrossed bill, after "disability" insert ", to make an appropriation to fund sales tax on food refunds, and to revise the eligibility requirements for the sales tax on food refund program".

Respectfully submitted,             Respectfully submitted,

____________________________        ____________________________
J.E. "Jim" Putnam                Jeffrey Haverly
House Committee Chair            Senate Committee Chair

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