Noem, Legislature at odds over COVID relief funds

Published: Mar. 25, 2022 at 1:53 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - The tug-of-war over who gets to manage federal COVID relief funds enters a new phase with Gov. Kristi Noem’s veto of House Bill 1281.

HB 1281 is the South Dakota Legislature’s attempt to have more oversight of federal funds. Noem, however, claims the bill is “unworkable in practice” and “creates a complicated, at times duplicative, new process.”

You can read the governor’s letter to the Legislature explaining the veto at this link.

HB 1281 overwhelmingly passed through the House and Senate, more than enough votes to override the governor’s veto if the lawmakers stick to their votes. Monday, which is the last day of the 97th Legislative Session, is when lawmakers consider gubernatorial vetoes. Noem have vetoed for so far.

Other bills the governor vetoed today include:

Senate Bill 151 – revise the automatic removal of certain convictions from a background check record. Noem’s veto explanation.

House Bill 1233 – authorize the provision of informed consent by a pregnant minor. Noem’s veto explanation.

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