County consolidation bill passes SD House committee

It’s been 41 years since two South Dakota counties combined.

The House Local Government Committee Tuesday passed a bill to facilitate possible county consolidations. The measure passed 13-0.

The bill allows county commissions and citizens to initiate the process.

However, according to supporters, the most important part of the bill is that it would require a study of how the consolidation would work in terms of debts, the location of the courthouse, and other logistical issues.

A majority of voters in both counties would need to vote in favor to consolidate.

The bill now goes to the House floor for consideration. SB199 has already passed the Senate.

The last merger of counties in South Dakota happened in 1983 when Washabaugh, an unorganized county, merged with Jackson County.

February 28, 2024