Governor Could Call Special Session For Online Tax Issue

Jul 25, 2018

The South Dakota state legislature could meet for a potential special session to implement any laws needed for collecting online sales tax.

That need comes following a US Supreme Court ruling in the state’s favor that state’s can collect sales tax from online retail vendors.

Governor Dennis Daugaard is reaching out to legislative leaders, suggesting a special session might be needed to implement the ruling.

House Majority Leader Lee Qualm says he’s not entirely sure what would be covered during a special session. He says he has many questions.

“Do we need to do it now?” Qualm says. “Is there good reason we need to do it? What are we going to do, what are the concerns? At this point I haven’t seen a whole lot. They’ve asked dates that we could get together, and so on. Researching that. But as far as the details as to what we’re going to be talking about, or specifics, I don’t know what they are yet.”

Qualm says if a special session happens it would occur during the end of August or early September.

In June, the Supreme Court ruled in the state’s favor, 5 to 4, on South Dakota versus Wayfair. The result could mean millions for the states bottom line.