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Lawmakers work four-day week

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Lawmakers have been having a shorter work week for a few years now.

Most of them like being able to have an extra day to be with family and work their jobs.

It also gives them extra time with constituents.

South Dakota lawmakers have a lot of work to do in only a little bit of time.

They have 38 work days to accomplish everything they want.

But, they only have a four-day work week.

Rep. Many Steele said that it is for the best, "I think it works excellent and gives opportunities for people who can't afford to be away from their personal business or their family for a full five."

There is only one week that is a full five-day work week.

Other lawmakers said they get more done because they are pressed for time.

"To me the four day is a really good thing. I think we'll get better quality work done because you've got three days that are kind of more for research and checking in with the folks at home." Said Rep. Hal Wick.

He added it works well for life outside the legislature, "The four day also lets the guy who has a business continue that. It lets the mom spend another day with the kids, and frankly those things allow some of those people to continue do this."

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