PIERRE, S.D.(KCCR)- The South Dakota Senate has upheld a veto by Governor Kristi Noem on Senate Bill 151. The measure would have removed minor convictions for cannabis offenses after five years with conditions. Senator Michael Rohl of Aberdeen is prime sponsor of the bill and read one of many emails he received in support of the bill.
Senator Troy Heinert of Mission says the bill breaks a barrier to employment.
Senator Helene Duhamel of Rapid City supported the veto.
The final vote was 17-17. The bill needed a two-thirds majority to override the veto. The South Dakota House also voted to support Noem’s vetoes on two bills meaning all four vetoes issued by the Governor have been sustained by the legislature.