Boom Or Bust: Unlimited Bill Introduction Deadline Friday

KELO South Dakota House Pierre capitol legislature 2019

South Dakota lawmakers have introduced an unusually low number of bills so far this year, but that could all be about to change.
Friday is the deadline for legislators to introduce an unlimited number of bills with more than a few members in both chambers hinting they may do just that.
Eleven days into the 40 day run, members have only introduced 81 bills in the House and 101 in the Senate.
Compare that to 2017, the last time a large freshman class came to the legislature, when House members brought 100 House bills and 115 Senate bill in the same 11 days.
Legislative Research Council Director Jason Hancock says, “it’s a pretty low count so far” but cautions not to make too much of it before the close of business Friday.
“It could all change very quickly Friday.”
Some experienced lawmakers say the practice of waiting until the deadline to introduce bills increases the chances the bill will ultimately survive.
One House member explained it with lyrics from a famous Kenny Rogers song.
“You got to know when to hold ‘em,” he said.

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