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Frye-Mueller back in state Senate

South Dakota Senators have reinstated one of their own, after a brief investigation into a harassment claim.

Sen. Julie Frye-Mueller, R-Rapid City, was suspended from the Senate after leadership became aware of an interaction with staff.

A committee investigated the personnel matter and held a four-hour public hearing Tuesday night.

Senators voted 33 to 1 in favor of censuring and reinstating Frye-Mueller.

Frye-Mueller returned to the chamber Wednesday afternoon. Frye-Mueller was not reassigned to her committees.

"Committee slots are full and committees running fine," said Senate President Pro Tempore Lee Schoenbeck said. "No reason to change."

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.
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