Legislature passes HB1281 despite Governor Noem’ disapproval

PIERRE, S.D.(SDBA)- The Legislature is coming to an agreement about federal spending against the wishes of the Governor. The proposed measure simultaneously gives and takes away power from the executive branch.

HB1281 says federal funds that come to the state for new uses would require a special committee of lawmakers to sign off on the executive branch’s plan. This would need to be done before the money can be allocated. Recurring or continuing projects are not subject to this new rule.

Governor Kristi Noem is firmly against what the bill does. She says it isn’t good government and goes too far.

The conference committee included a sunset in the bill, which removes it from effect next year. This would give the Legislature the opportunity to assess if the bill worked as intended.

Lawmakers from both chambers will have the opportunity to override a potential veto on March 28th