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Lawmakers discuss the issues they will push for in Pierre

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While children get their wish lists ready for Santa our law makers get their wish lists ready for the State Legislators session in Pierre.    

Lawmakers will meet Tuesday to discuss the State of South Dakota and how to move forward into the next year. Legislators will get a chance to share their desires for 2014.

We spoke with two South Dakota state senators who have focused their attention on domestic violence and permanently funding programs. 

Senator Craig Tieszen says he has been part of a task force looking at domestic violence. He says "we've been trying to pass some legislation to tweak our domestic violence laws to benefit both the victims and that are accused and hopefully we finally come to that solution so I'll be supporting a number of bills that will help to improve our domestic violence statutes in South Dakota"  

Senator Mark Kirkeby is concerned about funding programs for the long term. He says "I'm really optimistic that we will put some permanently into some of our funding sources right now specifically with Medicaid and primarily education these one time dollar sources are nice but then what are going to do the following years, so I'm looking for some stability in those programs, those quality of the life issues in South Dakota."      

Teiszen said he is also looking into a bill on distracted driving.

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