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Legislature Announces 2019 Interim Committees

The South Dakota Legislature will take a closer look at several diverse issues during the interim period between regular legislative sessions. During this interim period legislative business is conducted though committee meetings and summer study committees to study and explore issues more in depth.

Legislators are set to examine industrial hemp, special education, electric services in an annexed area, and the consequences of the use of controlled substances.

  • Industrial Hemp: including the regulation and cost of implementing an industrial hemp program; economic impacts of producing and selling industrial hemp; cost and challenges for law enforcement; and requirements for registration, licenses, permits, seed certification, and access. Chair: Rep. Lee Qualm, Vice Chair: Sen. Rocky Blare

  • Special Education: including the assessment tools used to define disabilities; categories of disabilities; the costs of providing services; and possible funding sources. The committee was authorized by the passage of Senate Bill 3, introduced by 2018’s Extraordinary Cost Fund for Special Education Study. Chair: Rep. Nancy Rasmussen, Vice Chair: Sen. Jim Bolin

  • Electric Services in an Annexed Area: including the options for municipal utilities to provide electrical services in annexed areas and how electrical rates are established. Senate Bill 66 prompted the formation of the committee. Chair: Sen. Alan Solano, Vice Chair: Rep. Thomas Brunner

  • Offenses regarding Controlled Substances: including alternatives to imprisonment for drug offenders; funding sources for treatment services; and efforts to battle methamphetamine addiction. Senate Bill 167 authorized the creation of the committee which will include legislators and non-legislators. The Executive Board expanded the study to include a subcommittee on fighting methamphetamine addiction. Chair: Rep. Steven Haugaard, Vice Chair: Sen. Craig Kennedy

Full committee and task force memberships can be viewed on 2019 Interim Page along with along with agendas, minutes, and other meeting documents. ​

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