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State senate approves over a quarter of a billion dollars to construct new men’s state prison

(South Dakota Broadcasters Association) Senators voted to approve over a quarter of a billion dollars in state funds to plan and construct a new men’s prison this afternoon (Tuesday).

On a 27 to 6 vote, the Senate approved SB49. It allocates $132 million in general funds and nearly $94 million in state reserves. It also allocates $10 million in federal funds. The bill required a two-thirds vote or at least 24 votes.

Republican Sen. John Wiik (wick) from Big Stone City carried the bill on the Senate floor. 

Republican Sen. Jim Bolin from Canton represents the district where the Department of Corrections wants to place the new men’s prison. He spoke in opposition, not about the location between Canton and Harrisburg, but about the funding mechanisms.

Bolin said the state could use the funds for other vital projects if it bonded for the prison facility.

Wiik countered, saying that the state is saving money bit by bit. He said paying for it in full with cash is the most prudent way to proceed.

The bill now heads to the House.

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