Governor promises veto for bill displacing legal publications from newspapers


Gov. Dennis Daugaard made a roomful of newspaper publishers and editors happy when he told them he would veto a bill that would allow schools, counties and cities to post their legal information on the Internet instead of printing it in the local newspaper.

Daugaard made the comment during a Jan. 29 news conference in Pierre sponsored by South Dakota Newspaper Association. At that press conference, the Governor also addressed his plan to upgrade the state’s roads, his juvenile justice reform bill and teacher pay.

The Governor, in referring to legislation to put local government public notices online, said in an ideal world everyone would know if legal notices were available only on the Internet.

But, he said, “In the real world, people need it to just show up, because a lot of people don’t even know when their municipal meetings occur, when their school board meetings occur. They don’t know if not for those notices appearing in their local paper.” If the bill should pass, he said he would veto it.

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