Some bills in South Dakota divide the Legislature along ideological lines. Others are more a matter of loyalty to a lawmaker’s respective caucus. And some are geographic, pitting one region of the state against another.
Here’s a tool to help visualize the last category.
Just pick the bill type (House Bill, Senate Bill, Resolution or Commemoration), then pick the bill number from the second menu. The map will update to show the official home residences of each sponsor of that legislation.
Check it out here.
Here’s a few examples.
HJR1001 is a constitutional amendment to expand gambling at Deadwood casinos. Revenue from those casinos helps the whole state, but the bill is particularly aimed at helping one particular town. Here’s the map of HJR1001’s sponsors:
There’s some scattered around the state, but a big cluster in the Black Hills — all three representatives of Deadwood, and a bunch from Rapid City, too.
HB1191 is aimed at helping West River ranchers who were devastated by last October’s blizzard. Here’s where its sponsors live:
Four rural West River lawmakers, several from Rapid City, three rural East River lawmakers, plus one from Aberdeen and two from around Sioux Falls.
SB106 is a bill dealing with transferring land from one school district to another. The driving force behind the bill comes from the small districts surrounding Sioux Falls; here’s a zoomed-in look at where its sponsors come from in the southeastern corner of the state:
One in Sioux Falls. Five from the suburbs.
Play around with the tool yourself. I’ll update it later in the week to add newly filed bills.