SD lawmakers return for deadline week
PIERRE -- Facing a Friday deadline to either pass or kill every bill in the chamber where it began, South Dakota lawmakers began returning Monday to the Capitol through bitter cold weather over often-icy roads.
PIERRE - Facing a Friday deadline to either pass or kill every bill in the chamber where it began, South Dakota lawmakers began returning Monday to the Capitol through bitter cold weather over often-icy roads.
The Senate and the House of Representatives are scheduled to return to action Tuesday for working day 25 of the 38-day session.
The workloads are far from even. Several committees have long agendas for Tuesday and Wednesday, while other committees don't have meetings either day.
The House has 17 bills on its debate schedule Tuesday, including establishing a standard process for courts to consider appeals of local conditional use permits such as for livestock-feeding operations.
The Senate has nine bills scheduled for debate Tuesday, including two that deal with malt beverages such as beer.
The chambers take a Saturday-Sunday break and buckle down again next Monday.
As of Sunday night, Gov. Dennis Daugaard had signed into law 36 bills that started in the House of Representatives and 27 bills that began in the Senate.
There weren't any bills waiting the governor's review. He hadn't issued any vetoes either.
Representatives filed 319 bills and senators 215 in the 2018 session. The 534 total marked an upturn again after several consecutive sessions of lows.
Representatives so far have withdrawn 13 bills, and senators six this year. Last year, representatives withdrew 14 and senators six.
Withdrawals became allowed a few years ago.
For more than a century legislators had instead went to committees asking for their bills to be killed. The practice spawned the phrase "Shooting my own dog," but it's now rarely heard.
Last year, legislators introduced a record low total of 390 bills. Representatives filed 211, and senators 179. The fewest bills previously were 419 in 2016.
The record for the most Senate bills introduced in a legislative session was 405 in 1913, according to the Legislative Research Council's annual comparison reports.
The record for the fewest Senate bills came in 2016 when 172 were introduced, the LRC said.
The record for the most House bills occurred in 1957 when 576 were introduced, according to the LRC.
The fewest number of House bills occurred in 1905 when 212 were introduced, the LRC said.