Committee will try to find middle ground in annexation issue

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) – One of the more controversial issues of the 2019 South Dakota legislative session will be in front of an interim committee this week.

The “Electric Service in an Annexed Area” committee will try to find a middle ground between municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives.

Chris Studer, Member and Public Relations Officer for East River Electric Power Cooperatives, says it’s a basic question.

Studer says they think legislators will see the problem.

Studer says they will work with legislators on finding a solution.

The first meeting will be Thursday in Pierre, with a review of statutory history, an update from the Public Utilities Commission and input from municipal electrics and rural co-ops.