Veto Day held online for the first time, in wake of COVID-19

RAPID CITY, S.D. — For the first time ever, a few traditional rules were suspended so veto day could be held online.

In order to follow CDC guidelines, Senators and Representatives met on an online platform. From there it was business as usual. Starting with a prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and diving right into the bills.

Lawmakers were able to cast a vote by clicking “yea” or “nay” on their computer screens.

“We felt this was the most responsible thing to do,” said Senator Helene Duhamel. “We don’t plan to tinker with the budget at this time, but we’ve got a number of emergency response bills; to deal with what’s right in front of us.”

Due to the current pandemic, there might be one more special session later this summer.

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