SB162 clear South Dakota Senate Committee

PIERRE, S.D.(KCCR)- The South Dakota Legislature is considering changes to public comment periods at public meetings like city council or school board meetings.   Senate Bill 162 allow public comment opportunities at any official meeting of such a group and remove ‘regularly scheduled” from current law.  Yvonne Taylor representing the South Dakota Municipal League says they support the bill.

Gerry Kaufman is a former Huron City Attorney and Director of Policy and Legal Services for the Associated School Board of South Dakota.  Representing himself, he says the bill is not needed.

District 24 Senator Jim Mehlhaff, a former Pierre City Commissioner moved approval of S-B 162.

The Senate Local Government Committee passed the bill Friday.