South Dakota Legislature roundup for Wednesday, February 17, 2021

South Dakota Legislature roundup for Wednesday, February 17, 2021

SECOND AMENDMENT: NRA lobbyist Brian Gosch , a former House Republican leader from Rapid City, watched from the upstairs gallery Tuesday afternoon, as the state Senate reinstated and expanded a section of South Dakota law protecting people’s freedom to have guns and ammunition and to keep shooting ranges open during times of “disaster war, acts of terrorism, or emergencies of whatever kind or nature.” The Senate’s 32-3 vote along Republican-Democrat lines sends SB 100 to the House for further action. Senate Republican leader Gary Cammack of Union Center was prime sponsor. Republican Speaker Spencer Gosch of Glenham, a relative of lobbyist Gosch , is lead sponsor in the House. The section of law was scheduled to expire — ‘sunset’ in legislative lingo – July 1, 2021. It was one of the bills introduced and passed March 30 on the final day of the 2020 regular session, as most lawmakers participated remotely because of COVID-19. A gathering that night attended by then-Senate Republican leader Kris Langer and then-Senate president pro tem Brock Greenfield led to the two later being formally admonished by a special Senate panel for returning to the Capitol from the party and working after drinking alcohol. Cammack told senators Tuesday the 2021 legislation would make the pandemic-related law permanent. NO RELIEF FROM LEGISLATURE: Senators rejected legislation Tuesday that was intended to offer state government’s help to people who had to move from a Black Hawk subdivision in Meade County last year because an old gypsum mine was […]

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