The Senate Commerce and Energy Committee has deferred a maternity leave bill to the 41st day. Senate Bill 150 provides up to four weeks of paid maternity leave. Mothers earn one week of paid leave for every year of full time work.
South Dakota’s House of Representatives supports a change in the state’s penalty for abortion. House Bill 1101 makes it a felony to perform or attempt to perform an abortion when the fetus can feel pain. Right now that’s a misdemeanor. State law says a fetus feels pain at 20 weeks. The measure includes an exception for medical emergencies.