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Funding changes OK'd for Building South Dakota

Senators voted 25-9 Wednesday to approve funding changes for Building South Dakota, an economic development fund established by the Legislature in 2013.

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Senators voted 25-9 Wednesday to approve funding changes for Building South Dakota, an economic development fund established by the Legislature in 2013.

Sen. Larry Tidemann, R-Brookings, said the three remaining programs could be realigned next year if needed.

Funding would be $4.9 million in 2019. It had received a lump sum of $30 million in 2014 that the governor wanted to last three years. Some of the money remains.

ONE YEAR ONLY: Senators decided 32-2 to create a state license for wine manufacturers.

They would be limited to importing up to 50 percent of bulk wine from outside South Dakota.

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Sen. Alan Solano, R-Rapid City, distributed a letter from farm wineries and wine manufacturers that agreed to work together in the months ahead.

The legislation would otherwise repeal itself June 30, 2019.

ROADS TO WATER: The House of Representatives decided Wednesday to give final legislative approval to a measure affecting many rural roads.

HB 1140 prohibits counties and townships from vacating highways that provide access to public waters not less than 40 acres.

Rep. Herman Otten, R-Lennox, said the Senate added the word "public" to the measure. He is prime sponsor.

House members voted 52-14.

PUBLIC COMMENT: The House voted 56-11 to accept the Senate version of HB 1172 that requires local governments to offer public-comment periods at official meetings.

Rep. Liz May, R-Kyle, was prime sponsor. Rep. Tona Rozum, R-Mitchell, said she was an opponent because it would affect every meeting including those where only reports are made.

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