Recap of weekly leadership briefings held Thursday

PIERRE, S.D.(WNAX)- South Dakota legislators are wrapping up the fourth week of the 2023 session.

Senate Majority Leader Casey Crabtree of Madison has been consistent in focusing on his priority.

Crabtree says an important part of the workforce development will be maintaining a tuition freeze for higher education.

Crabtree says both Houses and many committees are working on similar issues.

Representative Jon Hansen of Dell Rapids is the prime sponsor of a bill that would give vouchers to parents to send their child to a nonpublic school. The amounts would be the same as state aid to public school students.

House Majority Leader Will Mortenson of Pierre says there are plenty of school choices now.

Mortenson says the question is if the state could afford it.

The bill has been sent to the Education Committee.

A bill that would prohibit medical and surgical interventions for young transgender patients passed the South Dakota House on a vote of sixty to ten.

Representative Kameron Nelson of Sioux Falls says the bill promotes discrimination.

Nelson says the bill opens the state and medical providers to lawsuits.

Aberdeen will host their second cracker barrel Saturday from 10am-12pm at NSU.