SD Legislature Back For “Last Day” Action On Vetoes


     The South Dakota Legislature resumes today after a 2-week break as lawmakers return to Pierre for the final day of the 2022 session. 

     Their primary duty is to consider the 4 vetoes Governor Kristi made this session. Her first veto, back in February, was on a bill raising the dollar level at which the state can deduct back child support from lottery winnings.

      The other 3 vetoes came last Friday. The most prominent was on a bill that gives the legislature more say in how South Dakota’s share of federal COVID and infrastructure stimulus money will be spent.

      The other vetoed measures allow doctors to treat a pregnant minor without parental involvement in some circumstances, and wipe simple marijuana charges and convictions from background checks if the person had no arrests after completing their sentence. 

     Overriding a veto requires a 2/3rd majority in each chamber and the stimulus control measure is the only one with the level of support for its original passage.