Legal bill leads to soul searching in Senate

Each year the Legislature approves a bill like HB1024 which appropriates money to pay for the previous year’s “extraordinary litigation expenses.” The approval of this year’s bill in the Senate on Wednesday led to lawmakers being admonished for the bills they endorse that lead to losses in court.

Last year the litigation expenses were $800,000 including more than $170,000 to Dakota Rural Action when sued the state over the “riot boosting” bill.

Sen. Lance Russell, R-Hot Springs, said lawmakers need to consider “our actions and how much they cost the taxpayers.”


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