District 21 legislators gear up for 2020 session
With the 2020 South Dakota legislative session getting started on January 14, the District 21 legislators answered a few questions about what they expect to be spending their time and effort on. Specifically, they were asked what they expect to be the biggest issues, what, if anything, can be done for ranchers who are getting paid prices from the 1960s for their cattle, how they see hemp legislation going, and what can be done for counties that are experiencing budget-busting road and bridge problems.
Senator Rocky Blare responded that he expects those to be big issues, but also believes mental health issues, the nursing home crisis, salaries for state employees, and education along with funding repair and improvements to state highways will be high on the minds of legislators. In response to what, if anything, can be done for ranchers, he responded, “Ranchers are struggling and we need to make sure they aren’t potentially negatively affected by unfair competition from the fake meat products. We also need to support our main street businesses.”
He is aware of the industrial hemp legislation that will be introduced and believes it is better than what was proposed last year but cautions individuals who enter that market to be sure to educate themselves to insure they have a reputable seed source and market that is reliable before they get started as he has determined is the first warning given in every state where it is currently grown.
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