SD Legislative Staff Run Sessions from Background

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Each legislative session, a few dozen staffers return to the South Dakota Capitol to keep the lawmaking process on track.

Sergeant at Arms Melvin Chandler is serving his 23rd year in the Legislature. The 87 year old says he doesn’t engage in politics but loves meeting people.

Chief Clerk Arlene Kvislen is serving her 17th year and likes witnessing the lawmaking process.

But after a combined four decades in the House chamber, Chandler and Kvislen aren’t sure they’ll come back.

He’d like to return if his health holds up. She says she’ll make that decision later.

Speaker of the House, Bryan Gosch, says these two staffers are essential. The Rapid City Republican adds that all session staff keep it running smoothly and timely.

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