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No vetoes to consider ahead of day for overrides, so far

Gov. Kristi Noem.
Gov. Kristi Noem.

There are currently zero vetoes that state lawmakers must consider ahead of a day scheduled for action on bill rejections.

However, Governor Kristi Noem has yet to sign two bills. If the governor does not sign a bill, it becomes law.

Lawmakers are scheduled to meet on Monday to consider any vetoes from Noem.

Noem has already vetoed one bill, but an override failed earlier this month.

Two bills she has not signed are ones she opposed.

One bill was seen as key to bringing the House and Senate together on budget negotiations. That bill requires the executive branch to obtain legislative approval for any new programs created out of incoming federal money.

The state is anticipating billions in infrastructure and coronavirus relief dollars. Lawmakers want more oversight of those dollars. The bill would not affect federal dollars going to existing programs.

Seven lawmakers are calling on their colleagues to sustain a veto of that bill if Noem issues one.

Another bill the governor’s office opposed is one that places $200 million into a grant and loan fund within the South Dakota Housing Authority for housing infrastructure. Noem wants her Governor's Office of Economic Development to handle that money.

Governor Noem has until Friday to sign or veto any bills that reached her desk.

Lee Strubinger is SDPB’s Rapid City-based news and political reporter. A former reporter for Fort Lupton Press (CO) and Colorado Public Radio, Lee holds a master’s in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.