South Dakota lawmakers adjourn from redistricting Tuesday night after a medical emergency

State House Majority Leader Kent Peterson (R-Salem) was taken to the hospital Tuesday evening after abruptly passing out during a House Republican caucus meeting.
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Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 7:21 PM CST
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PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota legislators ended their meeting early Tuesday night following a medical emergency in the House Republican caucus.

Majority Leader Kent Peterson, (R-Salem), was taken to the hospital on a stretcher shortly before 6:30 PM after passing out during the caucus meeting Tuesday evening.

South Dakota State Representative Kent Peterson (R-Salem).
South Dakota State Representative Kent Peterson (R-Salem).(Facebook)

Lawmakers were discussing possible negotiations with the Senate on a redistricted map.

Speaker of the House Spencer Gosch, (R-Glenham), said that he believed Peterson was okay and would be able to return tomorrow morning.

The emergency prompted both chambers to adjourn for the night ahead of a Conference Committee that was scheduled to take place the same evening.

That means the redistricting session originally scheduled for one day will now stretch at least into a third day. Lawmakers will return to the State Capitol to continue debate Wednesday morning at 8:15 AM.

This is a developing story.

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