State legislators looking at State prison systems, property taxes in Summer Study sessions

15 Lawmakers from the SD House and Senate will examine jail and state prison systems, property taxes and juvenile justice during the summer.

PIERRE, S.D. — Some South Dakota lawmakers aren’t saying good-bye for the summer.

They’ll be partaking in summer studies, looking to address issues in the state before the next legislative session.

15 lawmakers from the SD House and Senate will examine jail and state prison systems, property taxes and juvenile justice during the summer.

District-30 State Representative Trish Ladner is the chair for the property tax summer study.

“We want to meet with (the) department of revenue, education, municipalities and get a good foundation of what is already here and then go and explore models that might work to help to keep people on fixed incomes and all of us in our homes and maintain the South Dakota way of life,” Ladner said.

State Senator Helene Duhamel serves on the regional jail and state prison systems committees that will have some overlap.

She says that it will be important for lawmakers to look at the state’s prison systems, both from a work release perspective and making sure counties and cities can have effective jails.

“A third of the inmates are from Pennington or Meade county, and so it makes sense to keep them here,” Duhamel said. “You know, getting (them) into that work release program where they can get a job here and keep a job here ’cause they’re from here.”

Duhamel adds she supports Governor Noem’s proposal for a women’s facility in Rapid City.

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