South Dakota lawmakers push flexibility amid pandemic as many forgo masks

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FILE – South Dakota State Capitol in Pierre, S.D. (AP Photo/Chet Brokaw, File)

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers are finalizing rules aimed at pushing the session forward amid the pandemic, but acknowledged that their plans  to meet in Pierre could be upended by virus infections.

As the session reached its second day, the state Capitol was marked by close-quartered conversations, many lawmakers without masks and concerns about what a virus outbreak would mean for the process of forming the state’s laws and budget.

One of the Legislature’s first tasks was amending rules to allow for flexibility during the pandemic.

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