SD House panel rejects development reporting bill

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Posted: Jan 25, 2012 1:35 PM
SD House panel rejects development reporting bill

A South Dakota House committee has rejected a measure that would have required the state to use the Internet to provide information on all state economic development programs.

The State Affairs Committee voted along party lines to kill the bill sponsored by Rep. Bernie Hunhoff of Yankton, leader of the Democratic minority in the House.

Republicans say the measure is not needed because the Governor's Office of Economic Development already provides extensive information online.

Hunhoff agrees that the Office of Economic Development is providing more information about development loans, grants and tax credits on the Internet. But he says more information is needed on what other state agencies are doing to promote economic development.

Hunhoff says taxpayers need to know exactly what the state is spending on development programs.