The final legislative crackerbarrel of the session was hosted by the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Opening remarks came from from Senator Stan Adelstein, Representative Mike Verchio and Representative Phil Jensen.
Audience questions included several on education, including House Bill 1234, which would establish a merit pay system for teachers. Other issues included health care, and changes to concealed weapon laws. The amendment to Senate Bill 157, which would allow "reasonable" controls on outdoor advertising, was also discussed. The billboard bill next goes before a conference committee to iron out differences between the version passed in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Senator Jeff Haverly also announced he will not be seeking reelection after ten years in the Senate. For more legislative news, visit our 2012 Legislative Information page and view our archive of legislative news.