For those wondering, Senate Republican leader Blake Curd of Sioux Falls said two of his political party’s senators from northeastern South Dakota had their reasons for declining to serve on the non-meandered waters committee.
Curd explained during the Legislature’s Executive Board meeting discussion Tuesday that Al Novstrup of Aberdeen told Curd that he was too busy.
Curd further explained that John Wiik of Big Stone City was occupied by appropriations matters. Wiik is Senate appropriations vice chairman.
The board appointed 15 legislators — nine House members and six senators — in response to the South Dakota Supreme Court ruling March 15 that closed public access to non-meandered waters over private property until the Legislature determines its recreational use.