- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota lawmakers will reconvene Monday for the final day of the legislative session - with nothing to do.

The last day of the session is reserved for attempts to override the governor’s vetoes. But for the first time in years, legislators have no vetoes to consider, meaning that only formalities will take place before adjourning the 2014 session.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard plans to sign off on all the remaining bills approved by the Legislature, spokesman Tony Venhuizen said on Thursday. The governor vetoed one bill during the session, a plan that would have allowed Deadwood hotels to raise a nightly tax, but supporters couldn’t garner enough votes to override it.

“It’s a sign that we had a pretty amicable session,” Venhuizen said.

Venhuizen said he remembers only one other occasion, several years ago, when lawmakers had no vetoes to consider. It came during the administration of Gov. Mike Rounds, who served from 2003 to 2011.

Senate Majority Leader Tim Rave also acknowledged it was rare. The Republican from Baltic noted that most of the controversial bills were signed when the Legislature wrapped up the bulk of its work two weeks ago.

Overriding a veto requires a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate. The last day of the legislative session is coined veto day so lawmakers can vote on vetoed bills.

But even with no vetoes to consider, at least 18 senators and 36 representatives must meet Monday to approve the session’s final adjournment.

Rave said lawmakers will come to order, pray, say the Pledge of Allegiance then wrap up.

“I can’t see any logistical way around it,” Rave said. “That’s just part of the process.”

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