Kris Langer

Kris Langer: Session Reflection

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In The Moment ... April 16, 2020 Show 797 Hour 2

With all that surrounds the pandemic that's happening, the fact that the 2020 South Dakota legislative session ended not too long ago seems to be nothing but a memory. We get a chance now to catch up and ask what went well and to put into context the very important issues that were tackled. Joining us today is Kris Langer, she is Majority Leader in the South Dakota Senate.



A bill allowing for the creation of community-based schools centered on Native American cultural curriculum passes the Senate unanimously.

Senate Bill 66 allows for schools centered on the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings. They deal with language, treaty rights, sovereignty, and other topics.

On the floor, Senator Wayne Steinhauer explains this isn’t just about separate schools for Native Americans.


A bill to prohibit collective bargaining for employees of the state’s public universities is moving to the Senate floor.

Proponents argue it gives the Board of Regents more flexibility to stay competitive. Opponents say it sends a negative message to the state’s professors—and complicates the hiring process.

Senate Majority Leader Kris Langer is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 147. She says the current contracting agreement for public university faculty is more than 100 pages of time-locked agreements that hinder institutional flexibility.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 16, 2020 Show 735 Hour 1

Lee Qualm (R) represents District 21 and is the house majority leader. Kris Langer (R) represents District 25 and is the senate majority leader. The two joined us to discuss what they are hoping to see get done during the 2020 legislative session. 

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