SD Governor Calling Special Legislative Session
by KDLT News
May 22, 2013 9:13 PM
Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he will call the South Dakota Legislature into a special session sometime in late June to deal with cost overruns in the construction of a new State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.
The Legislature earlier this year approved a bill authorizing the spending of $41.3 million in state and federal money to build the new home.
But the governor says when bids from contractors were opened recently, the lowest bid was considerably above projections.
He says that will lead to a total project cost of $51.3 million.
Daugaard says he's disappointed with the project architect, but the extra $10 million must be spent to build a quality facility.
The governor says the projected budget surplus will be sufficient to cover the extra cost.