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Money is topic No. 1 as lawmakers head to Pierre

Posted: Monday, Jan 7th, 2013

State legislators from Brookings’ Seventh District met Friday with members of the Brookings Wildlife Federation (BWF) to review upcoming legislation that will impact hunting and conservation. Making a point is Rep. Spence Hawley (center), who heads the South Dakota Fish and Parks Foundation. Joining in the discussion are (from left) Rep. Scott Munsterman, South Dakota Wildlife Federation President Rich Widman, Hawley, Sen. Larry Tidemann and BWF President Spencer Vaa, who is himself a former state wildlife specialist. Photo by Ken Curley/Register

• Brookings legislators take look at upcoming 88th Session

BROOKINGS – Over the past few years, money – or the lack of it – has been the defining issue of South Dakota’s legislative sessions.

When the Capitol doors swing open at noon Tuesday for the start of the Legislature’s 88th Session, money will still be the most important issue lawmakers will have to wrestle with.

Past budget cuts have damaged some programs, like education, and many legislators and citizens alike are hoping the projected increase in state revenues will bring some of them back to a healthier status.

“It’ll come down to following the money,” says Rep. Spence Hawley of Brookings, “finding the dollars and parceling them out.”

For the complete article see the 01-07-2013 issue.

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