Bills on special ed, abortion, guns and energy up for consideration ahead of SD legislative session
PIERRE, S.D. — Legislators will be returning to Pierre in just a few short days and it looks like they’ve already got a full plate of bills to consider over the next few weeks in session.
They’ll take their oaths of office the morning of Saturday, Jan. 5, followed by other elected officials and Republican Gov.-elect Kristi Noem in the afternoon. Then, starting Tuesday at noon, legislators will be in session until mid-March.
Noem hasn’t divulged specifics of her policy initiatives since the election — she said she will do that at her State of the State address on Tuesday — but campaigned on promises to cut regulations, reform K-12 and post-secondary education and address the state’s methamphetamine epidemic. During her campaign, she said she would sign bills that would tighten abortion restrictions, allow individuals to concealed carry a firearm without a permit under certain circumstances and restrict transgender people’s bathroom usage if they make it to her desk.