PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has canceled a special session of the South Dakota Legislature that was to deal with cost overruns in the construction of a new State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.
In a letter to lawmakers, the governor says the special session is no longer necessary because the federal Veterans Administration has extended a grant for the project, giving the state until February to finalize construction plans. He says that gives the state time to review project plans, seek a scaled-back design and rebid the project.
Daugaard initially said the special session set for June 22 was necessary to avoid losing a $23.6 million grant from the Veterans Administration.
Bids for the project came in at more than $50-million, much higher than projected.