Death penalty, education reform, health care likely to be among top legislative issues
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The death penalty, health care for poor people and education reform will be among the top issues tackled by the legislative session that opens Jan. 14.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has recommended 3 percent increases in state aid to schools and payments to health care providers in the Medicaid program.
House Republican Leader David Lust of Rapid City says lawmakers will debate whether those increases are feasible and advisable.
House Democratic Leader Bernie Hunhoff of Yankton says many lawmakers will seek to boost state aid to schools by more than the governor has recommended. An attempt also will be made to expand Medicaid, despite the governors' opposition.
Lawmakers also will discuss a proposal to repeal the death penalty and plans to repeal or limit use of Common Core standards in schools.