SD Legislators prepare for Veto Day, potential special summer session
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem says the state’s legislators are prepping for Veto Day where lawmakers will consider a number of emergency bills and revisit the budget. Noem also says the state will likely come back in June for a special session.
In the Governor’s daily briefing Friday afternoon, Noem says some legislators will travel to Pierre and others will stay home where votes will be cast remotely.
Noem says the bills will be in response to the COVID-19 epidemic and have both an emergency clause, allowing the bill to go into effect immediately, and a sunset clause, which sets a date of expiration.
In the recent session, many bills were passed and await the Governor’s signature pertaining to the budget. Noem says she will sign those bills into law however, the dollars will not be spent.
“I am choosing as Governor to not spend those dollars,” said Noem. “I will keep them and hold them knowing that in June we’ll have a better picture of where we’re at when it comes to resources as a state.”
At the Federal level, the $2.2T coronavirus relief package awaits the President’s signature as of Friday afternoon. Noem says the state is still dissecting the bill’s details to figure out how money will be allocated to South Dakota.
COVID-19 cases in South Dakota continue to rise. The total number of cases in the state rose Friday to 58, up 12 from Thursday. Two new cases were reported in Pennington County and two new cases in Lawrence County. SD Department of Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon said in Friday’s briefing that at least one Pennington County case was tied to the community and not travel. Investigations into the other cases continue.
The first coronavirus case was also reported in Todd County, on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Malsam-Rysdon says the DOH holds weekly calls with tribal members to keep in touch during the changing situation.
The state reports 21 total people have recovered from the virus. 2,387 tests have come back negative between the state Public Health Laboratory and commercial laboratories. There are 20 tests still pending at the PHL as of Friday afternoon.