Democratic Leadership

From Left to Right: Rep. Ryan Cwach, House Minority Leader Jamie Smith, Senate Minority Leader Troy Heinert, Assistant Minority Leader Craig Kennedy talk to reporters during their weekly press conference in Pierre on Friday. 

In a Friday Morning Press Conference at the state Capitol in Pierre, Sioux Falls Representative Jamie Smith, the House Minority Leader, made a point to mention something positive to reporters. Smith’s frustration with some of the bills heard so far is evident…

Smith says bills on transgender surgeries for young people, commercial surrogacy, anti-gay marriage and anti-vaccination bills are taking time away from focusing on important issues…

Senate Minority Leader Troy Heinert says the Legislature has changed……

State Republican leaders said social issue bills are far from the only proposed legislation getting attention this year at the State Capitol.  Senate Majority Leader Kris Langer admits those bills do grab headlines…

House Majority Leader Lee Qualm agrees…

Assistant House Majority Leader Arch Beal says a handful of bills don’t make up the entire session…

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Jim Bolin says while social issue bills may be distracting at times they highlight the open ability of the South Dakota legislature to let anyone with any idea bring proposed legislation.

Legislators return to work Monday for Day 17 of the 37-day session. Twenty days remain in the main session with the final day on March 30th.