A committee of South Dakota lawmakers this week is expected to send recommendations to the governor’s office and the Legislature about how $1.3 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds should be used.

But a meeting Wednesday to finalize formal suggestions could be a preview of what’s to come at next week’s special session.

Legislators have been meeting for weeks with various industry representatives to assess COVID-19’s damage to the South Dakota economy, and the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Appropriations will hear final reports from other standing committees.

“We just need to get the recommendations out,” said District 4 Sen. John Wiik, a Republican from Big Stone City who co-chairs the committee.

Gov. Kristi Noem has already marked hundreds of millions in relief funds for uses determined by her office, including $200 million for county and municipal governments and $75 million for education.

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