Veto Day To Take Place Remotely Across South Dakota

(KCCR) — The South Dakota legislature is meeting for Veto Day on Monday March 30th. Lawmakers have two bills to consider that have been vetoed by Governor Kristi Noem. The question left to the state Legislative Research Council is how to legally make the final day of the 37-day session work with guidelines in place to practice social distancing because of Covid-19. The Legislative Research Council announcement Wednesday that legislators will participate remotely from their home districts. House Majority Leader Lee Qualm isn’t sure how it will work but has some ideas and knows no one really wants to gather together…

 

“Nobody really wants to get together to bad, but the Constitution says that we need to. We are…we are trying to figure out away where there will probably have to be a few people there, you know some of us in leadership have to be there, but hopefully we can link everything through the; let’s say 414 for the House and 413 for the Senate and…and…and work that way instead of being in our Chambers.”
Qualm says they don’t need every lawmaker to take part, but they do need some…

“Well, yeah the Constitution says we have to have a quorum, but if we, you know, if we can do it remotely you know, we can…we can make that work if everybody can get on the telephone or Skype in, I’m not exactly sure how all this is going to work. LRC is doing a great job. I know they’ve got some things worked out. I don’t exactly have all the details yet. Those are going to be finalized in the last few days here before…before Monday.”
Representative Jean Hunhoff says legislators may use Veto Day to look at any financial changes to the state budget because of impacts from the coronavirus…

“You know, when we had worked on the budget, we did discuss the coronavirus and there were several on the Committee that had concerns about the impact. And at that time, based on you know, what we knew, there were some additional dollars that were placed in there, but what I think has happened in this last week that we’ve been out of session certainly impacts where those additional dollars were allocated to, may now have to be reassigned to address the coronavirus.”
Both the House and Senate will convene at 11 am Central time Monday. The sessions will be carried live by South Dakota Pubic Broadcasting and on-line at sd.net.