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SOUTH DAKOTA LAWMAKERS PASS EMERGENCY MEASURES BY PHONE

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South Dakota lawmakers approved several emergency measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic in a session that dragged into early Tuesday morning.

Legislators refused Governor Kristi Noem’s request that her secretary of health be granted the power to order businesses closed during a health emergency.

Many conservative lawmakers remained wary of granting broad powers to the government during the crisis.

It was a historic day in the Capitol as legislators convened and voted on bills remotely through conference calls in order to follow social distancing guidelines.