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A day after the legislation initially failed in the Senate, a bill legalizing industrial hemp passed the senate floor by a 21-14 vote.  The bill had to be amended in order to avoid senate taxation rules which would require the bill to get  2/3rds majority to pass.  Because of the amendments, the bill will need to be returned to the house for debate and passage before making its way to Gov. Kristi Noem’s desk.  Gov. Noem is against legalizing industrial hemp and has asked the legislator to hold off on passing this legislation.  However, she has stopped short of a veto threat. 

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