PIERRE | The Legislature’s approval should be required for nuclear waste sites in South Dakota, the state House of Representatives decided Tuesday.
The vote nearly was unanimous — only Rep. Susan Wismer, D-Britton, voted against it — on the legislation brought by Rep. Lana Greenfield, R-Doland.
No one spoke against House Bill 1071, which had a mixture of Republican and Democratic co-sponsors from both chambers. The measure went to the Senate. The lead sponsor there is Sen. Kevin Killer, D-Pine Ridge.
Greenfield said current law lets the governor approve a nuclear waste project by himself or ask the Legislature for its advice.
“I’ve simply stricken that part and made us part of the discussion by adding the Legislature,” Greenfield said.
She explained that an outside group wanted to sink a deep hole in Spink County last summer and she saw a need to be “proactive.”
Greenfield said the legislation doesn’t imply anything sinister regarding Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
She said the governor’s office supported the legislation at its House committee hearing.