SD House leader sees encouraging signs despite COVID-19 outbreak inside chamber

PIERRE, S.D.(WNAX)- South Dakota legislators return to Pierre Tuesday after a four-day weekend and the beginning of a Covid-19 outbreak.

At least eight House members are reported to have tested positive for the virus since last week.

Assistant House Majority Leader Chris Johnson of Rapid City says despite all that, there are many good things going on.

Johnson says the state will be in a favorable position when the pandemic fades away.

Johnson says the state is in good shape now because of what didn’t happen last spring.

Lawmakers will be in session three days this week with a heavy load of committee work.