Pierre, SD (KELO-AM) State lawmakers are picking up the pace in Pierre.
The House has approved a proposed constitutional amendment to extend term limits for lawmakers. The amendment now goes to the State Senate. It would extend term limits from 8 to 12 consecutive years.
The Senate has unamiously passed a shared parenting bill. It contains new guidelines to determine child custody, that supporters say make it better for kids in the ever-changing circumstances of their divorced parents. The bill now goes to the House.
A House Committee has easily passed a bill allowing pre-natal care to pregnant illegal immigrants in South Dakota. Representative Scott Ecklund of the Brandon Area says it is a pro-life bill, not immigration reform of any kind. He says it will help the unborn babies of these mothers and, in the long run, could save South Dakota tens of thousands of dollars in medical costs.