Chapter 36

(Senate Bill 142)

An Act to modify the meeting place and notice requirements for county commission meetings.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:

Section 1. That § 7-8-14 be AMENDED.

7-8-14. Meetings--County commission--Special sessions.

The board of county commissioners shall meet and hold sessions, as open meetings in accordance with chapter 1-25, for the transaction of business at the courthouse or at the usual place of holding court any other suitable location in the county on at least a quarterly basis in January, April, July, and October of each year, and may adjourn from time to time. The board may hold as many regular meetings throughout the year as necessary to transact business. The county auditor or the chair of the board of county commissioners may call special sessions if the interests of the county demand it by giving three days' notice of the special session by mailing a copy of the notice to each of the county commissioners at their designated post office addresses. In addition to the notice by mail, notice may be given telephonically or through electronic communication to each county commissioner. In case of an emergency, a special session may be called by giving one day's notice to each commissioner by telephone. An emergency for the purpose of this section is an unforeseen occurrence or combination of circumstances that calls for immediate action or remedy to each county commissioner and the public in accordance with § 1-25-1.1.

Section 2. That § 7-8-16 be REPEALED.

7-8-16. Open meetings--Location and notice requirements--Joint county‑municipal planning sessions--Continuances.

Signed March 18, 2021

Catchlines are not law. (§ 2-16-13.1) Underscores indicate new language.

Overstrikes indicate deleted language.