When his current contract with the South Dakota Association of Towns and Townships expires March 31, lobbyist Dick Howard of Pierre plans to call it a career. He turns 75 this year and he’s been coming to the Capitol for legislative sessions since 1973 when he worked for what then was the environmental protection department. He rose through the department and later was appointed state secretary of transportation. He was the only witness to testify Thursday on SB 23 that would allow SDDOT to make loans to local governments for roads and bridges under rules to be set by the state Transportation Commission. The bill is up for final passage by the House of Representatives Monday.