Updated 1:20 pm, Monday, February 19, 2018
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers this week plan to debate legislation on early childhood education and a proposed casino and entertainment complex in Yankton, among other things.
Here’s a look at some of the measures they plan to take up after they return to the Capitol on Tuesday:
—CROSSOVER DAY: Friday is the final day of the 2018 legislative session to pass bills or joint resolutions out of their house of origin. The House and Senate will likely work late to get through legislation remaining to be considered by the end of crossover day. The main part of the session ends March 9.
—EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: A new Early Learning Advisory Council would examine early childhood education in South Dakota under a bill scheduled for debate Tuesday in the Senate Education Committee. The panel established by Senate Bill 132 would make recommendations for increasing participation in early childhood education programs, research the economic effects of early childhood education in South Dakota and identify potential new funding sources.
The legislation is a priority for Democratic Sen. Billie Sutton, a candidate for governor. The committee defeated a similar bill last year.
—CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES: The House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday plans to debate new restrictions on amendments to the state constitution. The proposed changes would have to pass at the ballot.
Amendments would need approval from the voters and the Legislature to pass under House Joint Resolution 1008. Right now, people who collect enough signatures to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot can ask the people to pass it without lawmakers’ blessing.
House Joint Resolution 1006 aims to require constitutional amendments to encompass only one subject. House Joint Resolution 1007 would end citizens’ ability to gather signatures