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South Dakota legislators introduce two widely anticipated bills

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It's day eight for South Dakota legislators and their wasting no time on a bill the governor wants to see become law this legislative session.

Senate Bill 70 received its first reading Thursday in Pierre. The bill was referred to the Committee on State Affairs, which heard the proposal Friday.

The proposed bill would expand drug court programs in the state. Those programs would allow non - violent drug offenders to stay out of jail and focus on treatment instead.

Senate Bill 70 would also allow for two pilot drug testing plans.

Meanwhile, a proposed bill that would allow teachers to bring concealed weapons into the classroom jumps its first hurdle.  

House Bill 1087 was introduced Thursday before state legislators.  The proposed bill, which is sponsored by Representative Scott Craig of Rapid City, would allow school boards to create and supervise programs to promote school safety. That could include school teachers carrying concealed weapons on their person in the event of a school shooting.

House Bill 1087 is scheduled for a hearing before the House Education Committee next Wednesday.

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