Governor Noem discuss the upcoming special sessions coming up later this spring

PIERRE, S.D.(DRG News)- South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has said she will call state lawmakers back to Pierre in late May or early June for a special legislative session.

She says they need to determine how to divvy up money from the most recent federal economic stimulus plan.

South Dakota will be getting more than $16 million in federal funding to expand its coronavirus vaccination programs. The announcement from the White House Tuesday says the award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help support local efforts that are focused on creating greater equity and access to COVID-19 vaccines for those disproportionately affected by the virus. Goals for the funding say 75% must focus on initiatives intended to increase vaccine access among racial and ethnic minority communities. And, 60% must go to support local health departments, community-based organizations and community health centers, the Argus Leader reported.

Noem also wants legislators to work out regulations for medical marijuana ahead of the July 1, 2021, legalization date in the state.

The Governor is also hoping legislators will pass a law prohibiting transgender women and girls from participating in female sports activities in South Dakota.

But, Noem says, what does or doesn’t get talked about at the special session isn’t up to her.