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Daugaard acts on final bills from 2016 legislative session

PIERRE (AP) -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill that authorizes tax credits for contributions to help South Dakota students attend private schools, but rejected a plan that would have offered a property tax incentive to put in buffer strips...

PIERRE (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill that authorizes tax credits for contributions to help South Dakota students attend private schools, but rejected a plan that would have offered a property tax incentive to put in buffer strips between cropland and waterways.

The measures were included in more than a dozen of the last bills from the 2016 legislative session that Daugaard acted on Friday.

Lawmakers will return next week to Pierre to consider Daugaard's three outright vetoes and to weigh style-and-form vetoes of two other measures.

Legislators in both chambers approved the buffer strip bill with margins that suggest that Daugaard's veto could be overridden.

The bill's House sponsor has said he hopes a veto can be overcome.

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“Let’s put this in the rearview mirror,” Sen. Michael Diedrich, a Rapid City Republican said.