Investigation continuing into incident at Legislature

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) – A special Senate Investigative Committee will continue its inquiry into the behavior of two state Senators during the last day of the South Dakota legislative session this year.

Senator Phil Jensen of Rapid City filed a complaint that Senate Majority Leader Kris Langer of Dell Rapids and Senate President Pro-Tem Brock Greenfield of Clark were seen drunk in the Capitol Building as the last day of the session wound up on March 31.

The Committee reviewed hours of public and security video from near the hearing rooms in the state Capitol.

At the end of the hearing, Senators were asked how they wanted to proceed with witnesses.

Senator Jim Bolin of Canton agreed they didn’t want a lot of repetition.

Senator Troy Heinert of Mission says he wants to hear from those seen on video that could offer more information.

Former Attorney General Marty Jackley represents Langer and Greenfield and says the committee is bending the rules.

Committee Chair, Senator Art Rusch of Vermillion said Jackley would be able to cross exam any witnesses.

The Committee will hold its next hearing on Friday.