SD state senator takes aim at relative hires

PIERRE, S.D. (KOTA TV) - A South Dakota state senator wants to make sure nepotism is not the norm in state government.

Senator Stace Nelson (R-District 19) filed Senate Bill 39 that specifically states a state official or employee can’t hire or contract with a relative.

The bill is pretty specific on what a relative is: “that person's parent by birth or adoption, spouse, son or daughter by birth or adoption, stepchild, brother or sister by whole or half blood or by adoption, brother-in-law or sister-in-law, or son-in-law or daughter-in-law.”

This comes after Gov. Kristi Noem hired her daughter Kennedy as a policy analyst.

Even if fellow lawmakers agree and the governor signs off on it – or the legislative measure is veto-proof – it doesn’t affect Noem’s hire. The law would not take effect until July 1.