Wenzel Cummings, senior legislative attorney for the Legislative Research Council, has been named code counsel. Cummings replaces Doug Decker, who retired from the position earlier this month.
According to its news release, the executive board of the LRC selected Cummings from candidates interviewed during its June 10 meeting in Sioux Falls. Cummings joined the LRC in October 2016 as a legislative attorney, and gained senior status in 2018. Prior to joining LRC, he was in private practice with a Colorado law firm and served as a staff attorney with the Virginia Division of Legislative Services.
Representative Steven Haugaard, chair of the executive board, said, “Wenzel has drafted legislation on many important issues and always provided valuable insight and sound advice to the legislature. His leadership on interim study committees and experience with the administrative rules process demonstrates that he has the skills needed to be an effective code counsel.”
The code counsel provides staff assistance and makes recommendations to the code commission regarding South Dakota laws, advises and assists the legislature in legal research and the preparation of bills, and prepares and indexes the session laws for each legislative session.