Protocols for upcoming legislative session could evolve as situations change

PIERRE, S.D. (DRG News) – What the start of South Dakota’s 96th Legislative Session will look like next month (Jan. 2021) is still a work in progress.

District 24 Senator-elect Mary Duvall of Pierre says Legislative Research Council staff and Republican and Democrat party leadership have been working with medical providers to establish protocols for Session, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Duvall expects the protocols to evolve as the COVID-19 situation changes in the state.

She says they’ve basically had two practice runs this year to give them an idea of how the session may go in 2021.

Duvall says remote committee participation has been an option for several years now.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem will give her budget address Dec. 8. She’ll begin the 2021 Legislative Session by giving her State of the State address Jan. 12.