Spearfish Chamber of Commerce looks ahead to 2019 legislative session

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SPEARFISH, S.D. (KEVN) - On Wednesday the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce took a look at what bills may affect their area in the upcoming 2019 legislative session.

Every year before the new session starts, President David Owen of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce gives a preview of what to expect in the next one.

During the statewide tour, Owen explains to each city what happened in the previous session.

David Owen says, "We're confident that Governor Noem will continue to emphasize economic development, keep regulations reasonable, keep our taxes at a decent level, but at a level adequate to educate students, our workforce, and to provide the public services that we need."

Melissa Barth from the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce says they like to keep up with what's going on at the capitol because what happens in Pierre could impact their local economy.

Melissa Barth says, "The businesses join the Chamber, which allows them to have one voice so we have 500 members. All those 500 members, then we can monitor what's happening in legislation, and if there's a bill that's going to come up to affect them, then we can visit with our state legislators, find out more information, and relay it to our members."

Owen says he's interested in how this session will go with a new governor and about 30 newly-elected people in the cabinet with no previous legislative experience.

David Owen says, "I hope people will follow the tough decisions they (legislators) will make and provide input, but also understand once the decisions are made, we're all one people in South Dakota and we'll move forward."

The chamber promotes advocacy, leadership, and resources ... so they like to provide the community with candidate forums and cracker barrels.