Fewer bills submitted by state lawmakers, may be temporary

PIERRE, S.D. — State lawmakers have submitted far fewer bills this session than in previous years.

As of noon on Tuesday, 198 bills have been submitted — that’s from both the house and the senate.

This time last year, the total number of bills from both chambers was 310.

Leaders from both parties say the transition to a new electronic bill filing system has slowed the start of the session. Adding, they say it’s likely only temporary.

Thursday, Jan. 30 is the final day lawmakers can introduce bills — a deadline which historically has seen a large number of bills drop in both chambers.

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