State Affairs Committee, South Dakota State Senate

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

Per Section S4-1 of the Senate Rules, committees of the South Dakota State Senate are chosen by the President Pro Tempore and Minority Leader. Committees are assigned after the general election.[1] The President of the Senate is an ex officio member of the Legislative Procedure Committee and the President Pro Tempore is the chair of the Legislative Procedure Committee.[2] For all other standing committees, the member that is announced first serves as the chair of the committee.[3]

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.[4][5]



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

State Affairs Members, 2013
Democratic members (2)Republican members (7)
Jason FrerichsLarry Rhoden, Chair
Larry LucasRussell Olson, Vice Chair
Corey Brown
Mark Johnston
Dan Lederman
Timothy Rave
Craig Tieszen



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