South Dakota unable to override Governor’s veto of HB1109

PIERRE, S.D.(WNAX)- In a session where fellow Republicans have rebuked her on several pieces of key legislation, Governor Kristi Noem chalked up a win Tuesday.

On a 41 to 29 vote, the House failed to get the two-thirds majority necessary to override the Governor’s veto of HB 1109.

The bill would have allowed business improvement districts, known as “BIDs,” to increase the rate hotels and motels could charge per room.

The current rate is $2, set in 2005.

The bill would have allowed cities to charge up to $4 per room.

Representative Becky Drury of Rapid City says it should be a local decision.

Representative Phil Jensen of Rapid City says motel operators could raise the money on their own.

Noem dramatically vetoed the bill last week with a branding iron saying “VETO” dipped in red ink.