Lawmakers to debate bills on industrial hemp, guns on campus

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers this week plan to debate bills on missing and murdered indigenous women, industrial hemp and campus gun policies.

Legislators return Monday to the Capitol.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday is scheduled to hear a bill that would direct the Division of Criminal Investigation to prepare guidelines for the reporting and investigation of missing and murdered indigenous women. It would also mandate the division establish training programs for law enforcement.

The committee is also set to debate a bill that would bar the state’s public universities and technical schools from adopting rules restricting people’s ability to carry guns on campuses beyond limitations in law.

Representatives are to debate a measure on the floor to allow the cultivation of industrial hemp. Gov. Kristi Noem has asked lawmakers to shelve that effort.