In their own word: Debating required civics class for legislators
This interview originally aired on In the Moment on SDPB Radio.
It's important for legislators to stay on top of a wide variety of issues and governmental operations. A bill proposed during the 2023 legislative session aimed to require it.
House Bill 1179 would have required members of the legislature to attend a course on federal and state constitutions.
While some members of the House State Affairs Committee agreed with the concept, they ultimately voted to kill the bill. But not before debate heated enough to apparently set off a Capitol fire alarm.
Listen to the discussion, in their own words.