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South Dakota’s 2014 Legislature Ready to Start; Means More Pierre Politicking

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard will kick off this year’s session of the South Dakota Legislature with his annual State of State speech.

The governor’s speech is expected to start about 1 p.m. CST Tuesday in the state Capitol in Pierre after the House and Senate take care of some organizational details.

Governors use the speech to outline their major proposals for the upcoming legislative session.

Daugaard has already set much of the stage for the session with the state budget he proposed more than a month ago. The Republican governor has proposed using a windfall in unclaimed property payments to provide larger-than-expected spending increases for education and health care for poor people.

The legislative session that starts Tuesday might feature more than the usual amount of political posturing.

Two state lawmakers are seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, and a few are looking at running for other statewide offices.

All 105 legislative seats are up for election this fall, and Gov. Dennis Daugaard is expected to seek a second term as governor.

Sen. Larry Rhoden, of Union Center, and Rep. Stave Nelson, of Fulton, are running for the GOP Senate nomination against former Gov. Mike Rounds and two other candidates.

Sen. Shantel Krebs, of Renner, says she’s seeking the Republican nomination for secretary of state.

Legislative leaders wonder whether some of speeches in committees and floor debates could be even more political in this election year.

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