The South Dakota Senate State Affairs Committee passed a bill that would streamline the county permitting process. With this proposal, a simple majority could approve a conditional use permit, rather than the two-thirds majority required now. It also modifies the appeal process. Governor Kristi Noem testified the bill, saying the permitting process can be ‘hijacked” by a few vocal opponents. It was the first time a governor testified before a legislative committee in more than ten years.
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