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Legislative leaders set 40 days for 2019

March 8, 2018 GMT

The state Senate agreed Tuesday all local governments in South Dakota must provide time for public comments at official meetings.

The vote was 24-9. HB 1172 now returns to the House of Representatives for further action.

That became necessary after Sen. Brock Greenfield, R-Clark, made a change so it affects all official meetings.

He said another senator found the original version was miswritten and would have applied to only teleconference meetings.

Sen. Bob Ewing, R-Spearfish, spoke against the bill. Ewing previously served on the Lawrence County Commission that he said voluntarily allowed public comment at the end of meetings.

Greenfield countered: “I don’t think this is too onerous.”

Rep. Liz May, R-Kyle, was prime sponsor. The House originally approved it 60-8 Feb. 8.