- Associated Press - Thursday, March 10, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The main run of the South Dakota Legislature’s 2016 session is coming to a close.

Lawmakers are set to leave the state Capitol in Pierre on Friday after setting the state budget. They’ll return March 29 for the consideration of vetoes by Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

The session opened on Jan. 12. State legislators debated and passed bills including a half-cent sales tax increase to help boost South Dakota’s lowest-in-the-nation pay for teachers.

Once signed, it will be the first permanent increase to the state’s sales tax rate of 4 cents per dollar in nearly half a century.

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