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Lawmakers mull changes to budget process for transparency

PIERRE (AP) -- Lawmakers are looking at changes to how they set South Dakota's budget that advocates say should give the public more opportunities to weigh in.

PIERRE (AP) - Lawmakers are looking at changes to how they set South Dakota's budget that advocates say should give the public more opportunities to weigh in.

A legislative committee approved the changes Friday. They now go to the full House and Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Corey Brown says the rule changes mean lawmakers would decide how much money the state has to spend earlier in the session.

The Republican says during the economic downturn, legislators wanted to wait to get the latest economic information possible. But he says the extra information doesn't change much.

The rule shifts also stretch appropriators' consideration of the budget over two weeks, a process that happens much more quickly now.

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Brown says that means the public and legislators have a better chance to engage in the budget.

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