Legislators from Districts 6, 9, 12, and 14 took part in today's Legislative Coffee, which allowed people to write down questions for the lawmakers to answer.
Some of topics discussed today were repealing the death penalty, common core education standards, and raising the minimum wage in South Dakota.
One bill that received support from almost every lawmaker was Senate Bill 46, which would allow animal cruelty to be a felony charge in the state. Representative Manny Steele turned down last year's proposal on this issue because he thought it hindered the Ag industry, but he is happy with this year's bill.
“I feel very positive about the animal cruelty bill and I think it would be passed this time, and should be passed. Now that we've worked out the bugs and got everybody on board and they're feeling comfortable with in. I think they've done an excellent job on the committee, the summer committee, and I think we've got a good bill going forth and I feel very confident about it being passed,” Rep. Manny Steele said.
The questions were presented by a moderator, and each lawmaker that wanted to had 90 seconds to give a response about the issue.