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With deadlines looming, budgets and bills enter final stages

PIERRE, S.D. — With deadlines looming, lawmakers are scrambling to decide on several high-profile initiatives, including legalizing industrial hemp, Gov. Kristi Noem’s streamlining of county permits for feedlots and allowing written driver’s license exams to be taken in Spanish.

Lawmakers met for extended hours, and budget negotiations entered final stages.

In the Senate, lawmakers rewrote a proposal to legalize industrial hemp to make room for Noem’s budget proposals.

They also made tweaks to the governor’s bill to revive riot laws.

Meanwhile, the House cleared an initiative to allow written driver’s license exams to be taken in Spanish.

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