We are entering the last one-third of the 90th legislative session. The last third is always the most difficult, and also the most interesting. Several important issues have yet to be decided. Of the 429 bills introduced, 42 have been signed into law, 10 are sitting on the governor's desk and the balance has been either withdrawn, killed or is in the process.
I'm writing this the night before Veto Day. It appears there will be no vetoes to consider, however, we must make sure we have a quorum present to adjourn. Since it did not become subject to a veto, I want to write a little bit about my legislation, SB 137, to provide $6 million to continue rehabilitation of the rail line west of Chamberlain. This investment represents both a vision and an opportunity. If the Legislature did not have this same type of vision in 1980, the most grain-productive part of our state, the southeast quadrant, would be devoid of any rail service.