Lawmakers to take up bills on lobbying, guns at the Capitol

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota lawmakers this week plan to consider measures on abortion, lobbying restrictions and allowing concealed pistols in the Capitol.

A Senate panel is set to consider a bill Monday that would bar some officials from private lobbying for two years after leaving government.

A bill that would allow people to carry concealed pistols in the state Capitol if they have an enhanced carry permit is set to be considered that day in a House committee.

Lawmakers also are revisiting a law approved last year that prohibits most abortions beyond 19 weeks of pregnancy.

A bill set to be heard by a House committee would increase the penalty to a felony for performing an abortion that violates the new threshold. Currently, it's a misdemeanor.

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