The 39th work day of the 2019 South Dakota legislative session was the three hours between midnight and 3:00 a.m. on March 13.

Tuesday ran into Wednesday with the finalization of the state’s budget and a few other last minute bills. On the 2019 session’s last day, the 40th day, scheduled for Friday, March 29, the legislators will meet again in the capitol to consider overriding any of Gov. Kristi Noem’s vetoes not already addressed.

Not only were most of the state’s part-time politicians eager to get back to their year-round occupations, but a predicted major winter storm was heralding closures of schools, post offices, and state government offices.

Governor Kristi Noem had ordered the closure of state government offices in 39 counties for Wednesday due to expected severe winter weather conditions. Only essential personnel were to report to work. Because of the late hour of the legislature and because certain offices are not  technically managed by the executive branch, Legislative Research Council personnel did not get the official memo saying they did not have to come into work on Wednesday. Only several hours later did they go home before the storm hit.

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