HB1099 defeated at the House Local Government Committee

PIERRE, S.D.(KCCR)- A bill that would have allowed the posting of candidate signs before absentee voting for a primary or general election was killed by the House Local Government Committee Tuesday.  House prime sponsor Representative Mike Weisgram of Fort Pierre admitted the bill is a challenge to local control.

Weisgram says just over 50-percent of votes were cast through absentee balloting.  Fort Pierre resident Gary Grittner testified in favor of the bill.

South Dakota Municipal League executive director David Reiss says the attack on local control presented by the bill isn’t the only issue that could impact cities and towns.

A substitute motion to defer action on H-B 1099 was defeated before a motion to send the bill to the fictional 41st legislative day passed on a nine-four margin.