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Bill Making DST Year-Round In SD Fails On Tie Vote In House

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill putting South Dakota permanently on daylight savings time failed to pass the House on Tuesday after a 33-33 tie vote, but sponsor Lana Greenfield of Doland may ask for the vote to be reconsidered.

Greenfield says too many people are disoriented by daylight savings time begins and ends. The idea of leaving clocks alone has been proposed in the South Dakota Legislature several times in recent years, but have all failed.

Also losing this week, but in a House committee, was a bill establishing a State Commission on Indian Affairs.

Todd County Democrat Shawn Bordeaux introduced the bill, saying a commission would smooth tribal relations, especially after the controversy over the riot-boosting law, but State Tribal Relations Dept was opposed, concerned the bill would duplicate state efforts and create another layer of bureaucracy.

Advancing to the South Dakota Senate floor after a 4-3 vote in the Senate Local Government Committee is a bill to create a $2.4-million dollar fund for townships to repair roads damaged by last year’s historically bad flooding.

The money would come from the state motor fuel tax and the state Transportation Dept, which opposed the bill along with representatives of cities and counties. They all argued it takes away money they need to make repairs themselves.