South Dakota Legislature: What to know this week

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm •  Published: January 20, 2013
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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers are set to weigh proposals affecting school safety and the sale of 85-octane gasoline as the state Legislature enters its third week. Here's a glimpse of what's expected:

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SCHOOL SAFETY GAINS SPOTLIGHT

The House Education Committee holds a hearing Wednesday on a bill that would allow individual school boards to designate teachers, administrators or others to be armed with guns to protect against an attack like the Dec. 14 elementary school shooting in Connecticut that left 20 children and six adults dead.

Any school board starting what is called a school sentinel program would first have to consult with local law enforcement agencies. In addition, the bill says a school board could not make a school employee carry a gun unless that employee consents.

The Legislature is expected eventually to consider another measure that seeks to prevent people found to be mentally ill and dangerous from carrying guns.

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STATE AND TRIBAL OFFICIALS HOLD ANNUAL EVENT

The annual State Tribal Relations Day will be in the Capitol on Wednesday, focusing this year on tribal housing needs.

State Tribal Relations Secretary J.R. LaPlante says the event will highlight the need for housing on American Indian reservations and the accomplishments of tribal housing projects. He says state and tribal leaders will get a chance to meet and exchange ideas that will improve relations between state and tribal governments.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and tribal leaders will speak during a ceremony that will run from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST.

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LOW-OCTANE BILLS

The House Commerce and Energy Committee is to hold a hearing Wednesday on a bill that would allow the sale of 85-octane gasoline in some western South Dakota counties, but it would require gasoline sold in the rest of the state to have at least an 87-octane rating.

A state rule currently allows the sale of 85-octane gasoline in nine western South Dakota counties until the end of June, and the proposed law would permanently allow retailers in western South Dakota to sell the lower-grade blend that is typically used in higher elevations.



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