State Affairs Committee, South Dakota House of Representatives

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The State Affairs Committee is a standing committee of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Per Section H3-1 of the House Rules, committees of the South Dakota House of Representatives are chosen by the Speaker of the House in consultation with the Minority Leader. The rules do not specify when or how often committees are assigned. The Speaker of the House will appoint the chair and vice chair of each committee. The Speaker and the Speaker Pro Tempore will serve as members of the Legislative Procedure Committee, with the Speaker serving as its chair.[1]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: South Dakota Legislator Reference Book


The State Affairs Committee deals with bills relating to the organization of the executive branch of state government; policy decisions of overriding state concern; public employees; workers’ compensation; public fiscal administration; veterans and military affairs; the state legislature; the state constitution; relations with the Indian tribes; the state building authorities and state authorized bonds; and regulation of electrical and telephone utilities. Bills not clearly identified with any other committee or subject area will usually find their way to the State Affairs Committee.[2][3]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

State Affairs Members, 2015
Democratic members (2)Republican members (11)
Julie BartlingBrian Gosch, Chairman
Spencer HawleySteve Westra, Vice Chair
James Bolin
Don Haggar
Kris Langer
Mark Mickelson
Scott Munsterman
Roger Solum
Mike Stevens (South Dakota)
Mike Verchio
Dean Wink


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.



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