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Report: 33 legislators unanimously voted in line with Americans for Prosperity stances

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a national libertarian lobbying group backed by Charles and David Koch, has issued grades for South Dakota legislators' alliance with AFP stances for the 2019 legislative session.

AFP-SD on Tuesday, April 16, released its 2019 legislative scorecard, outlining four bills the group supported and three it opposed during session, and how lawmakers voted on each.

Some of the bills were low-profile, like the AFP-SD-supported House Bill 1079, which allows homeowners to perform plumbing work on their own property without a license. Others were key issues of the session, like Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg's unsuccessful Senate Bill 19, which would have repealed presumptive probation. AFP-SD opposed SB 19.

Two out of 35 state senators unanimously voted in alignment with AFP-SD's stances when present: Senate Majority Leader Sen. Kris Langer, R-Dell Rapids, and Sen. Lynne DiSanto, R-Box Elder. Langer was excused from the Senate vote on Senate Bill 86 and DiSanto was excused from the Senate vote on SB 19.

In the House, 31 of 70 total representatives unanimously voted in line with AFP-SD when present. All are Republicans.