The South Dakota Legislative main session has come to an end and it includes a 2% boost in funding for teacher salaries, state employees and people who work for nonprofits with government funding as it passed a budget that will start in July.

Along with a state pay raise the Legislature has green-lighted the hemp bill. Governor Kristi Noem says she will sign it. After the Governor vetoed a bill to legalize hemp last year she agreed to approve it this year if it met four “guardrails” that she laid out to lawmakers.

The Governor also signed into law a ban on faculty unions at state universities starting in July.

With money, leftover lawmakers have earmarked funds to build several university buildings and send a bit of money to counties to repair aging bridges.

The budget-making process was contentious at times, but in the end, lawmakers have passed a balanced budget for the 131st year.

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