Back to work in Pierre after long holiday weekend

February 20, 2024

PIERRE, S.D.–Three significant deadlines await South Dakota legislators returning from their four-day Presidents’ Day holiday break.

Today is the last day to move bills or resolutions to the house of origin.

Tomorrow is the last day to pass bills or joint resolutions by the house of origin, otherwise known as “Crossover Day.”

Friday is the last day to move special appropriations to the house of origin.

All week, the Joint Committee on Appropriations will hear many bills requesting money, some outside Gov. Kristi Noem’s proposed budget. The revenue projection for the rest of Fiscal Year 2024 is $41 million more than the governor’s original estimate.

In committee and floor action today, the Joint Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 1022. It would allocate $6 million to the Department of Education for the professional development of teachers in literacy education.

The Senate and House go into session at 2 p.m.

The Senate has Senate Bill 13 on its calendar. That bill would allow the gubernatorial candidates to select their lieutenant governor running mates. It would also allow the attorney general and secretary of state to be chosen via primary instead of at the party’s political convention.

They are also set to consider Senate Bill 191, which would restrict the use of medical marijuana by people on probation or conditional release.

Over in the House, they are scheduled to debate House Bill 1048. It would penalize school districts for not paying teachers more following increases in state funding.

Today is the 26th of 38 scheduled legislative days.