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Lawmakers fail to reach compromise on proposed tax cut. Will meet again today

(South Dakota Broadcasters Association) The South Dakota Legislature is almost out of days.

Today (Thursday) is the 37th Legislative Day of the 38-day session.

Whether South Dakotans will get a reduction in the sales tax remains in doubt.

House and Senate conferees will try again at 8 a.m. (CT) to agree on HB 1137A, a small decrease in the state’s broad sales tax.

At 8:45 a.m., the Joint Appropriations Committee continues putting the finishing touches on the general appropriations bill, HB 1049.

The bill should be out on the floors of the chambers later in the day. 

At 9 a.m., the Democratic leadership holds their weekly news conference, followed by the Republicans at 9:30 a.m.

The House and Senate are scheduled to go into session at 9 a.m.

“Hanging fire,” as old school legislators used to say, are several other measures.

They include:

  • SB16A, appropriating money to repair the railroad line between Milbank and Sisseton. 
  • SB113A, which would set the deadline when initiated measure petitions must be filed.
  • SB134B, changing the composition of the Medical Marijuana Oversight Committee.
  • SB156A, appropriating federal infrastructure money for water projects.

When the House and Senate actually go into session will likely depend on the conference committee negotiations over HB 1137A on how much and how long to decrease the 4.5% general state sales fractionally.

Legislators will still have one more day–Veto Day on March 27–to finish up any loose ends and consider gubernatorial vetoes.

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