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Special Committee Proposal For EB-5 Program Is Defeated

South Dakota lawmakers defeated a measure that creates a special legislative committee to investigate Economic Development activities.  House Bill 1224 was designed to specifically look at the controversial EB-5 program. Democratic State Representative Kathy Tyler says a committee is needed to investigate the entire EB-5 program thoroughly.

"It’s a standard practice of our legislature to appoint special committees and task forces for special projects. Studying the EB-5 situation in South Dakota is special and intensive. A thorough study will take time and effort, a job for a special committee," Representative Tyler says.

Tyler says this committee could help get a full grasp of the program because it just doesn't only impact the investments of the Northern Beef Packer plant. Opponents of House Bill 1224 say recent audits are enough and another investigation is a waste of resources and time. 

Nate Wek is currently the sports content producer and sports and rec beat reporter for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism Broadcasting and a minor in Leadership. From 2010-2013 Nate was the Director of Gameday Media for the Sioux Falls Storm (Indoor Football League) football team. He also spent 2012 and 2013 as the News and Sports Director of KSDJ Radio in Brookings, SD. Nate, his wife Sarah, and two kids Braxan and Jordy, live in Canton, SD.