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The South Dakota legislature experienced its first case of COVID-19 this week and since then those infected has increased.  In all, six people this week have confirmed they tested positive for the virus.  This has led some to criticize the protocols lawmakers are following as too weak to adequately protect members and staff.

 

Rep. Kent Peterson of District 19 who serves as majority leader says the fact the legislature has gone this long without an outbreak is something to be celebrated…

 

 

 

 

Democrats in Pierre have sent a letter to speaker of the House Spencer Gosch calling on him to implement stronger rules to help mitigate any further spread of COVID-19. 

 

Democrat Jamie Smith of District 15 who serves as house minority leader says protocols should be more uniform…

 

 

 

 

Speaker Gosch has said the decision to mandate mask usage would be up to the house members themselves and he does not see that happening. 

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