House Majority Leader Kent Peterson
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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature has paused its effort to reach a consensus on redrawing political boundaries after the House Republican leader suffered a medical incident and had to be taken to the hospital.
Rep. Kent Peterson was conscious as he was wheeled out of a Republican caucus meeting on a stretcher. The incident halted negotiations over redrawing the state’s political map.
Peterson had played a central role as a special legislative session stretched into two days of wrangling between conflicting House and Senate proposals. Lawmakers had been nearing a deal, but postponed their work until Wednesday morning.