The Legislature’s Executive Board considered which lawmakers Monday to appoint to the two interim committees. Each panel would have 11 members, according to the board’s chairman, Rep. Dean Wink, R-Howes, because that’s how many are in the budget.
Rep. Fred Romkema, R-Spearfish, headed a subcommittee of the board to nominate legislators for the panels.
The county-government study members suggested are representatives Kristin Conzet, R-Rapid City, Mary Duvall, R-Pierre, Dennis Feickert, D-Aberdeen; Leslie Heinemann, R-Flandreau; Joshua Klumb, R-Mount Vernon; Elizabeth May, R-Kyle; and Jim Schaefer, R-Kennebec; and senators Bob Ewing, R-Spearfish; Deb Peters, R-Hartford; Jim Peterson, D-Revillo; and Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell. Conzet will chair it and the vice chair is Ewing.
The high school activities association panel members suggested are representatives Julie Bartling, D-Gregory; Jim Bolin, R-Canton; Brian Gosch, R-Rapid City; Roger Hunt, R-Brandon; Kris Langer, R-Dell Rapids; Tona Rozum, R-Mitchell, and Kyle Schoenfish, R-Scotland; and senators Jim Bradford, D-Pine Ridge, Larry Tidemann, R-Brookings; Craig Tieszen, R-Rapid City; and Bill Van Gerpen, R-Tyndall. Tieszen was proposed as chair and Bolin as vice chair.
Gosch, the House Republican leader, asked the board to delay its decisions until all of the nominees could be contacted to see whether they are still interested. Gosch said he was previously interested but now knows he can’t serve. Hunt agreed: “I think we have some time.” The board’s next scheduled meeting is June 9 in Sioux Falls. The board delayed the decisions until then regarding members, chairs and vice chairs. The ratio of House members to Senate members also might be reconsidered.
Law enforcement expenses would top the list of county-government topics, according to Bob Wilcox, executive director for the South Dakota County Commissioners Association. County officials are looking for additional sources of revenue to meet costs rising faster than their property-tax bases.