PIERRE—Jason Frerichs rose to the aid of the governor Thursday, but not many others did, so South Dakota’s law requiring school districts to have at least 101 students will stay in effect.
Frerichs, D-Wilmot, Senate Democratic leader, asked that the Senate Education Committee send down legislation that would repeal the law forcing districts 100 or fewer students to reorganize.
“Gov. Dennis Daugaard is a fine gentleman, and he brought a fine piece of legislation here,” Frerichs said.
No Republicans stood to speak on behalf of the Republican governor, however. Instead, Sen. Cooper Garnos, R-Presho, asked the Senate to resist Frerichs’ smoke-out motion.
“I think this had thorough debate. We had this issue from years past. I don’t think it’s needed,” said Garnos, chairman of the Senate committee.
Only a handful of senators stood in support of the Frerichs’ motion, and Lt. Gov. Matt Michels declared the attempt failed. Frerichs needed 12 senators including himself to force the bill out of the committee.