Noem To Hold Townhall With Legislators, Look Ahead For Potential COVID 19 Response

Mar 16, 2020

Credit Jenifer Jones / SDPB

Governor Kristi Noem says she’s holding a townhall with state legislators Monday night.

When asked if she may call a special legislative session to respond to the coronavirus, Noem says they still have veto day ahead of them.

That’s a day typically reserved for overriding any gubernatorial vetoes of legislation.

“There are some decisions that could get made with our legislators on veto day that we can deal with,” Noem says. “That’s why we’re not planning a special session. I will be having a telephone townhall with our legislators this evening to that I can give them an update as well, because I know a lot of people are reaching out to them.”

Legislators approved revisions to the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, and set a Fiscal Year 2021 budget based on increased revenue forecasts.

The White House is indicating the virus may not recede until July or August. That could mean a hard hit to the state budget, which relies heavily on sales tax revenues.