The South Dakota Legislature takes my advice and moves Veto Day online!
According to a press release issued this morning, the South Dakota Legislature will conduct its final scheduled day of business online on March 30 at 11 a.m. Central:
When the South Dakota Legislature meets on March 30, 2020 for its last scheduled day of the 2020 session, to consider bills vetoed by the Governor, there will be plenty of social distance between members. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the guidance to limit the size of gatherings to fewer than ten people, Veto Day business will be conducted electronically.
Legislators will participate remotely from their residences via electronic conference. South Dakota Public Broadcasting will provide livestream coverage of the session, making the process open to the public electronically, but not physically. The electronic feed can be accessed through the Legislative Research Council website or sd.net [Legislative Research Council, press release, 2020.03.25].
This is the first time the South Dakota Legislature has ever met online, an action made possible by SDCL 1-25-1.5. And since all the kids are home from school, they can all add watching the Legislature in action to their home-school homework plans! Yay, history and social studies!
Representative Bob Glanzer (R-22/Huron) is fighting off covid-19 in the ICU at Avera in Sioux Falls; we can only hope he’ll be feeling strong enough to call in Monday and cast his votes for District 22. But thanks to convening online, our 104 other legislators can reduce their risk of getting sick by staying and doing the people’s business by wire.
Now, let’s just hope LRC can get clear, simple instructions to all of the legislators so they can connect.