Money, marijuana and more remain before South Dakota legislature in final 10 days

Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 10:21 AM CST
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PIERRE, S.D. (South Dakota Broadcasters Association) - Impeachment proceedings sucked the oxygen out of much of the past week, but there’s still a lot to do in the final 10 days of the State Legislature in Pierre.

State appropriators have been busy working on the state budget, South Dakota Broadcasters Association reports. State coffers are full of one-time money, and budget requests reflect the surplus.

But that doesn’t mean appropriators are in a mood to spend.

SB 151, a bill to build out infrastructure supporting Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City, was tabled Tuesday.  A number of Pennington County Republicans were among those voting to table the bill.

Marijuana in all it’s forms remains a hot topic. Lawmakers continue to discuss how to best address the ‘will of the people’ in regards to medical and recreational marijuana but are divided on when and how to proceed.

Rural broadband is a major push from Gov. Kristi Noem’s office. Lawmakers generally support the concept but differ on how much to spend.

The main run of the 96th Session of the South Dakota State Legislature is scheduled to wrap up on March 11.  Lawmakers will return to Pierre March 29 for one final day to take up any vetoes sent down from the Governor’s Office.

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