Legislative crackerbarrels season kicks off Saturday

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The first of a series of legislative crackerbarrels hosted by the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce gathered Saturday morning at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Rep. Tim Goodwin, (R)-Dist. 30, fields a question at the first of the 2019 Legislative Crackerbarrels hosted by the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce. Photo Date: Jan. 26, 2019.

Rep. Tim Goodwin, (R)-Dist. 30, fields a question at Saturday’s crackerbarrel.

More than 130 constitutents from West River districts faced their state representatives and senators.

The legislators also faced questions on the second amendment and constitutional carry.

They also discussed long-term care in nursing homes, as well as the state attorney general’s proposal to change the probation system.

But one legislator said there’s a big debate looming in the state capitol, and he hopes more people come to future crackerbarrels to discuss it.

“There’s going to be one huge fight coming up that nobody mentioned today, and that’s having a constitutional states convention,” said Rep. Timothy Goodwin, (R) – District 30. “It’s divided. I mean it’s divided amongst conservatives, it splits us right down the middle, and that’s going to be a big fight.”

The next legislative crackerbarrel will be held on Feb. 2 at 9 a.m. at the Western Dakota Technical Institute’s Event Center.

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