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Lawmakers argued the legislation was the result of local dispute between Black Hawk and Summerset and that passing it could open the door for other communities to use.
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Bill would pave way for a Black Hawk municipality

PIERRE, S.D.  — Legislation that would allow the community of Black Hawk, northwest of Rapid City, to officially incorporated as a municipality is on its way to the Governor’s desk.

But that might change.

The 22=11 vote on HB1127  received final approval on Monday from the South Dakota Senate.

It was approved earlier by the House of Representatives 58-11 on January 31.

The legislation changes current law so that Black Hawk could exist as a municipality separate and independent from the neighboring city of Summerset.

According to KELO News, David Reiss, executive director for the South Dakota Municipal League, and Summerset Mayor Melanie Torno spoke against the bill at its House hearing. They returned as opponents again at the Senate committee hearing and were joined by South Dakota Association of County Commissioners lobbyist Eric Erickson.

But the lead Senate sponsor, Republican David Johnson, said on Monday there is “no dispute” between the two communities.

Republican Sen. Jim Bolin disagreed. “It’s a local dispute between Black Hawk and another incorporated area,” Bolin, a past mayor of Canton, said. He warned that other communities could try to use the change, too.

Said Republican Sen. Tim Reed, a past mayor and city council member in Brookings, “The biggest problem here is it changes rules in the middle of the game.”

Johnson defended the community’s attempt to now incorporate.

“This is local government at its finest,” Johnson said. “Let’s honor their request. Let’s let them go to work.”

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