DRG Area Lawmakers Discuss Daugaard’s State of the State


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Reaction by central and western South Dakota lawmakers to Governor Dennis Daugaard’s State of the State speech yesterday was mostly favorable.  Daugaard began his speech by saying that lawmakers and other state leaders must act responsibly to build a stronger South Dakota; think of the long term and make decisions for the next generation.  The Governor offered some past examples of good stewardship that have been shown in South Dakota, including careful spending habits.  Daugaard also spent several minutes discussing proposals linked to a task force that worked last year to study the state’s criminal justice system.  The South Dakota Public Safety Improvement Act offers suggestions to curb South Dakota’s increasing prison population problem.

After Daugaard’s speech, lawmakers from both sides of the Capitol offered support, and some suggestions, as well.  District 28A Representative Dean Schrempp; a Lantry Democrat, said he heard some good ideas; and believes there are a few areas the Governor did not address.

Representative Julie Bartling of Gregory returns to the Capitol this year after previous legislative service.  The District 21 Democrat would like to have heard the Governor talk more about education and Medicaid.

Larry Lucas, who moved from the House to the Senate this year, serves District 26.  The Mission Democrat favors some of what Daugaard proposed and said Washington, D.C.could throw a curveball into budgetary work at South Dakota’s Capitol in the next few months.

Representative Betty Olson, a District 28B Republican from Prairie City, echoed Lucas’ statements on concerns about the federal budget situation.

District 28 Senator Ryan Maher, an Isabel Republican said yesterday that he appreciated the Governor’s comments on new western South Dakota companies that service the oil and gas sector.  Maher said the new businesses add jobs for South Dakotans, and address needs in neighboring North Dakota’s oil patch.

The first full day of the 38-day legislative session is underway today.

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