The South Dakota Legislature will be meeting in a special session this week to address redistricting. South Dakota Farm Bureau lobbyist Michael Held says there’s been a shift from rural to urban populations in the last ten years. “Committees have been working on redistricting maps since May. They had public hearings around the state in August. Now, they’re ready to get together and determine the maps for those districts.” Sioux Falls and Rapid City gained most of the population. “They either get more districts or their districts become more compact and the rural districts get bigger. The committees are trying to minimize the rural to urban shift.” Another issue to be considered in the upcoming session is an update to land assessments. South Dakota lawmakers have not decided how to move forward with the remaining COVID-19 relief funds.
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