PIERRE | The South Dakota House of Representatives will proceed as scheduled with committee meetings Monday morning and floor debates Monday afternoon, according to its presiding officer.
The weather forecast Sunday morning showed most of South Dakota facing rain turning to snow by evening, with winds rising to 60 mph from the northwest to the southeast.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch Sunday morning and forecast blizzard conditions developing Sunday night and Monday.
Rep. Mark Mickelson, R-Sioux Falls, said Sunday morning House members would convene as normal. He is House speaker.
Sen. Brock Greenfield, R-Clark, as of 3 p.m. CST hadn’t responded to an email and a Twitter message sent Sunday morning about plans for the Senate’s operations. As president pro tem, he is the Senate’s procedural leader.
Many lawmakers were expected to return to the Pierre area on Sunday afternoon or early evening ahead of the potential storm.
The Legislature starts its final week of the 2018 session Monday.
Tuesday is deadline for legislation to receive action in each bill’s second chamber.
The final three working days this week are reserved for work on state government’s 2019 budget and for conference committees to negotiate differences on bills that had passed on each chamber in different forms.
One of the decisions is whether to approve more money that would provide pay raises for public K-12 schools, state universities, providers of Medicaid services and state government employees.
Another decision is whether legislators should raise their salaries for next year. Lawmakers have received $6,000 per year since 1998. They also receive daily payments on work days and for official travel.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard in his December budget recommendations didn’t propose any increases because of tight financial forecasts.
Last month the 18 legislators on the Joint Committee on Appropriations adopted a revenue estimate that was $18.8 million higher than the governor had used for his December recommendations.
Lawmakers return March 26 to consider any vetoes from the governor and possibly any unresolved business. Daugaard hasn’t vetoed any bills so far this year.
Work scheduled Monday morning included hearings on bills and resolutions by three House committees and three Senate committees. Two Senate commissions plan to discuss topics for possible study before the 2019 session.
House members have an afternoon calendar with 11 bills to debate. Senators have 27 bills on their afternoon calendar to debate.