UPDATE: Lobbyist Floor Fight Lawsuit Settled

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UPDATED 10:08 a.m. 

House Majority Leader Lee Qualm says a federal lawsuit between Municipal League Executive Director Yvonne Taylor and House Speaker Steven Haugaard has been settled.  

Qualm did not offer specific details of the settlement but did confirm to reporters gathered for a weekly Republican Party Legislative press conference that the matter had been settled.


7:51 a.m. 

A scheduled court hearing in the battle between a Pierre lobbyist and the Speaker of the South Dakota State House was abruptly canceled this morning leading to speculation as to why.
 
Federal Judge Roberto Lange was to hear motions in the matter of South Dakota Municipal League Executive Director Yvonne Taylor versus House Speaker Steven Haugaard at 10 a.m. Friday.  
 
But the hearing was canceled and nothing further shows up on the court docket.
 
Taylor was banned indefinitely from the floor of the State House by Speaker Haugaard last week.  Haugaard directed his Sergeant at Arms to keep Taylor off the House floor during times when other lobbyist and the general public had access.
 
Taylor responded with a lawsuit in federal court.
 
The dispute centered around unflattering comments Taylor wrote in a column published in the May 2018 Municipal League Newsletter.
 
Taylor was seen working as usual at the State Capitol on Thursday, but not observed on the House floor.

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