SD Legislature Passes, Noem Signs 9 Coronavirus Bills


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Krist Noem Tuesday signed nine emergency bills passed by the South Dakota Legislature on the final day of the 2020 session to address the outbreak of the coronavirus.

All the legislation goes into effect immediately, but is also temporary, expiring at various points this year.

Lawmakers met in a marathon session that stretched from Monday into the early morning hours of Tuesday, voting remotely through a conference call system.

The measures make a slew of COVID-19-driven changes including postponing local elections from mid-April until June, waiving state requirements on schools, and adjusting the state budget to distribute $93 million dollars in federal coronavirus assistance aid.

One bill that was rejected allowed the state health secretary and county officials to impose mandatory measures. As a result, Noem says she’ll continue her current guidance for business restrictions.