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SD Lawmakers' Summer Studies Impact Policy, Budget

March 17, 2014, 5:43 PM

SD Lawmakers' Summer Studies Impact Policy, Budget

Two South Dakota legislative summer studies have resulted in new state laws and impacted the budget just passed by the Legislature.

Every year the Legislature's executive board chooses a few topics to study in the summer between sessions.

One 2013 study on domestic violence resulted in six bills - five are now laws. A new policy clarifies who is protected under domestic abuse law, including couples who don't live together.

Another study on school funding played a part in the increased allocation for schools this year.  Education funding got a 3.35 percent boost in the new annual budget compared to the previous one.

Sen. Ryan Maher is chair of the board. The Republican from Isabel says the studies serve an important role, helping lawmakers delve deep into issues between sessions.

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