Republican Legislative Leaders Say More Going On At State Capitol Than Social Issue Bills

(KCCR) — State Republican legislative leaders say social issue bills are far from the only proposed legislation getting attention this year at the State Capitol in Pierre. Senate Majority Leader Kris Langer admits those bills do grab headlines…

“They do get a lot of press and attention and I would just focus on the fact that we have…we have a lot of other issues that we cover that are extremely important and do a lot of things for every South Dakotan and just encourage people to look at those bills as well.  You know, our… our certified nurse anesthetist was an important bill that we recently passed and…and we’ll continue to see some things that really impact everyone one in the state so as I, you know, I can understand their frustration, but I also just want people to know that we’re working on things outside of those issues.”
House Majority Leader Lee Qualm agrees…

“It’s unfortunate that it seems like these social issues just do grab a lot of air.  It’s just the nature of the…of the subject.  We got the hemp bill passed out of…out of House Ag yesterday.  We passed a couple good voter registration dealing with some of that for the Secretary of State that I think is vital for everyone.  So we’ve done some…we’ve done some really good things this week and I hope we can focus on the really good things what we’ve been done.  And I know social issues are important but there are a lot of other things out there.”
Assistant House Majority Leader Arch Beal says a handful of bills don’t make up the entire session…

“One or two topics that come up, to me, don’t consume the entire session.  I…I would appreciate the fact that people understand that we have gone through a full slate of bills every day until yesterday.  Yesterday got long, but I just want people to understand that we’re not just here discussing one or two topics that seem to consume the rest of the news.”
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Jim Bolin says while social issue bills may be distracting at times they highlight the open ability of the South Dakota legislature to let anyone with any idea bring proposed legislation.