SD Legislature works through to crossover deadline
PIERRE, S.D. — It’s been a bit of a mad-house in the South Dakota legislature this week, as lawmakers try to beat Thursday’s crossover deadline.
A bill to create four schools based around Native American language and culture was approved unanimously in the Senate on Wednesday. The proposal aims to address high drop-out rates in some tribal communities. It now crosses over to the house. The Senate was also expected to vote on a bill to legalize hemp production in South Dakota.
A Senate committee, meanwhile, narrowly defeats a bill that would have criminalized commercial agents of surrogate pregnancies. The bill would have made acting as a surrogacy agent a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail.
On the other side of the capitol House legislators have been making short work of bills. As an example, testimony on an abortion-related bill that was panned by both pro-life and pro-choice groups as poorly written was cut short by the committee chairman. Sponsors of the next five bills on the agenda got the message and tabled their own legislation.
A bill to end video lottery advertising in South Dakota also died in committee Wednesday morning.