South Dakota legislators reached overwhelming agreement Tuesday night they should make $500,000 available immediately, as a giant late-winter storm bore down on South Dakota.
Lawmakers serving on the Joint Committee on Appropriations put the money into special emergency and disaster special revenue fund.
They said it should be used for future disasters in the state.
Representative Chris Karr, a Sioux Falls Republican, offered the amendment.
“We’re sticking some money aside to deal with those near-future disasters,” Karr told the committee. He is a co-chairman of the House and Senate panel.
“I think it’s the responsible way for setting aside some dollars for those upcoming emergencies,” Karr added.
The panel voted 15-1 for it. The Senate then approved it 27-2 late Tuesday and the House agreed 59-0 early Wednesday to send it forward to Governor Kristi Noem for her approval.