PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers have made it to nearly the halfway mark in their 9-week legislative session without an outbreak of coronavirus infections.
But that doesn’t mean the coronavirus isn’t on their minds. The pandemic has touched nearly every aspect of South Dakota law, from the judicial system to a state budget suddenly flush with money. They’re deciding how to use over $250 million in one-time funds.
Legislators are also preparing for the possibility that recreational marijuana will become legal in July, requiring an overhaul to banking, law enforcement and business licenses.