Battle among South Dakota lawmakers brewing over COVID-19 spending authority

A committee of South Dakota lawmakers this week is expected to send recommendations to the governor’s office and the Legislature about how $1.3 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds should be used.

But a meeting Wednesday to finalize formal suggestions could be a preview of what’s to come at next week’s special session.

Legislators have been meeting for weeks with various industry representatives to assess COVID-19’s damage to the South Dakota economy, and the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Appropriations will hear final reports from other standing committees.