SD Legislature To Hold Public Input Meetings On Spending COVID-19 Relief Money

The South Dakota Legislature has announced dates for the public to weigh in on how federal coronavirus relief funds should be used. The state has received $1.25 billion from Congress and has yet to spend most of it.

Five committees of lawmakers will meet throughout this month to hear from individuals, businesses, and organizations on how the money could be used.

The public input sessions could set the groundwork for a special session this year, but the odds of that are considered long at this time.

There can’t be a special session unless Gov Kristi Noem calls one, and she’s indicated she doesn’t think one is needed, or unless 2/3rds of both the state House and Senate vote in favor of one, and GOP legislative leaders are also cool to the idea.